An under the radar move–that most weren’t expecting to happen now or perhaps ever–is that the Diamondbacks resigned their All-Star catcher to a 5 year extention $60 million yesterday. Miguel Montero–like nearly every D-Backs–is struggling, but he’s still one of the games top backstops. So far this season he’s hitting .255 with 2 home runs and 21 RBI.
While the team has been a disappointment so far this season, the resigning of Montero shows that the organization still has an eye on the future. Even though it’s still pretty early, it’s becoming obvious that the D-Backs could fall out of contention this year in the tougher than expected NL West. While that wouldn’t make fans happy, they should look at the big picture should that happen. Despite championship dreams after the unexpected 2011, this team isn’t one that is simply built for this year. The vast majority of the everyday position players are 30 and under and they’re expected to be a team that could compete for the next half decade when some of the best prospects in baseball–led by Trevor Bauer–are added to the mix.
While rumors persisted that Montero was out of the D-Backs price range and that they’d pursue a cheaper option and let him walk, they proved the experts wrong. The resigning of Montero shows that they’re committed to the core nucleus of this team. Like most catchers, Montero’s numbers aren’t eye popping, but when compared to his peers–and when his defense is factored in–he’s certainly a valuble piece to the championship puzzle in Arizona.