One of the most pressing issues for the Arizona Diamondbacks is the future of Miguel Montero. He’s a potential free agent at the end of the season, and coming off a career year that saw him hit 18 HR, drive in 86 while posting an 820 OPS, it was likely that he’d earn a big contract. Well, the Diamondbacks don’t have to worry any longer, as they’ve extended Miguel Montero to a 5 year deal worth approximately $60 million.
It’s interesting to note that Yadier Molina, another catcher signed this season, got $75 million over 5 years. This was likely used as the framework for the Miguel Montero contract. With Molina seemingly getting a few extra million per season based on his reputation as a stellar defensive catcher. So far that deal has worked out for Molina and the St. Louis Cardinals, but is this a good deal for the D-Backs?
The deal carries a bit of risk for the Diamondbacks, as Montero has only been an above average hitter in two seasons. Even this year Miguel Montero is struggling, hitting 255 along with a pair of home runs. If Montero can’t get back to his status as an 800+ OPS catcher, then this is going to hurt the D-Backs in the long run.
However, it’s worth noting that between 2009-2011, Montero was the 7th best hitting catcher with a 110 wRC+. There aren’t many catchers that can hit better than Miguel Montero, so it’s worth gambling on his bat. Odds are that Montero would have earned a similar contract through free agency. Considering the Diamondbacks didn’t have a solid internal candidate to replace Miguel Montero with, it was a necessary extension that will allow them to compete both now and in the future.
Jim Neveau also wrote about his thoughts on the Arizona Diamondbacks extending Miguel Montero, so make sure to check that out.