Tomorrow Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero will be headed to arbitration with the team. He wants $6.8 million. The Dbacks have offered $5.4 million. He will end up with one of those figures. As much as I say Montero is worth the $6.8 million, I tend to side with the Dbacks on this one. Sure, his numbers were good, in fact very good in 2011. However, I think before the vault is opened, Montero needs to prove he can consistently provide good numbers.
Last season Montero hit .282 with 18 HR and 86 RBI. Those are definitely good numbers. He led National League catchers in doubles last season along with slugging percentage. His 86 RBI were also tops amongst catchers.
I think the issue will be what has he done over the course of time, not just last season. I have no issue if he wins arbitration and gets his $6.8 million. I think eventually he proves he is worthy of those numbers. I expect another big season from him in 2012. I would also expect to see improvement in his overall stats. He has the ability to hit 25-30 HR and 100 RBI. He needs to stay healthy though. He lost a good chunk of the 2010 season with an injury. He should get the opportunity. His back up Henry Blanco only saw action in 37 games last season, not all of them starts. Montero played in 140 games, so he has the durability. Now the question is, does he have the ability to do it all over again and even better?