Miguel Montero, Diamondbacks Agree To 5-Year Extension

Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero chases down a foul ball against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the sixth inning at Chase Field. Montero would be injured on the play. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

The Arizona Diamondbacks and Miguel Montero have agreed to a five-year deal, reportedly worth $60 million.

Miguel Montero is one of the better-kept secrets in baseball, as the Arizona Diamondbacks' catcher has been an above-average hitter for each of the last three seasons. What eventually made Montero a wealthy man, though, was that he could hit like that while also playing behind the plate.

From Jon Morosi:

The Diamondbacks and Montero were reportedly close to a deal this past offseason, but the Yadier Molina deal (five years, $75 million) presumably threw a kink into those discussions. As our own Jeff Sullivan wrote this winter:

Towers: So if you’ll just sign right here…
Montero: Sure.
Montero: Wait, I’m getting a call.
Towers: You can call back later.
Montero: It’s from Yadier Molina.
Towers: You can call back later.
Montero: What if it’s important?
Towers: I’m sure it’s not.
Montero: I’ll just answer it.
Towers: No, don’t
Montero: /answers phone
Towers: aw mother-

The extension comes at a somewhat curious time, as Montero is out with a lingering groin injury, but apparently the Diamondbacks don't see it as one of those career-threatening groin things. If this were 1995, I would have made a Bill Clinton joke. But it's not, so all I'm stuck with are Steve Garvey references.

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