(NEW YORK) — In an effort to retain their talented core, the Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a five-year contract extension with All-Star catcher Miguel Montero worth $60 million.
Montero has established himself as one of the better catchers in the league with his bat as well as his glove. He has thrown out a National League-leading 47.6% of runners trying to steal and led the league in that same category last season as well.
Despite his strong season with his glove, Montero is off to a slow start at the plate. Heading into Saturday’s games, Montero was hitting .255 with two home runs and 21 runs batted in. In 2011, Montero batted .282 with 18 home runs and 86 runs batted in.
The 28-year old Montero was set to become a free agent at the end of the season, but the team made sure he’ll never get the chance to test the free agent market. Since making his Major League debut in 2006, Montero has a career batting average of .270 and an on base percentage of .339.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
Jill Martin, CNN