Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 1/31/12
PHOENIX The Arizona Diamondbacks announced Tuesday that they have avoided arbitration and agreed to terms with All-Star catcher Miguel Montero and infielder Ryan Roberts on one-year contracts. Montero, 28, was named to his first National League All-Star Team in 2011 and led all NL catchers with a .471 slugging percentage, 36 doubles, 55 extra-base hits and 86 RBI. Montero hit .282 with a career-high 18 home runs in 140 games last season and threw out 36.8 percent of attempted basestealers, the best mark among all major-league catchers. Roberts, 31, established career highs in virtually all offensive categories in 2011, hitting .249 with 25 doubles, 19 home runs, 65 RBI, 18 stolen bases and 86 runs scored. He made 102 starts at third base, 23 at second and two in left field. He hit 17 home runs as a third baseman, a figure topped in the National League by onley the Cubs Aramis Ramirez (26), Giants Pablo Sandoval (21) and Braves Chipper Jones (18). Relief pitcher Craig Breslow, acquired in a trade with the Oakland Athletics, is the only remaining Diamondback eligible for arbitration.
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