D-Backs avoid arbitration with Montero, Roberts

Jan 31, 2012 - 5:53 PM Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - The Arizona Diamondbacks avoided arbitration with catcher Miguel Montero and infielder Ryan Roberts on Tuesday, agreeing to terms on one-year contracts with both players.

MLB.com has reported Montero's deal to be worth $5.9 million. The agreement came just prior to what was to be the first scheduled arbitration hearing of the winter.

Montero had sought $6.8 million, while Arizona had offered $5.4 million.

An All-Star for the Diamondbacks in 2011, Montero batted .282 with a career- high 18 home runs and 86 runs batted in.

Roberts is coming off his best season in the majors. He established career- highs in home runs (19), doubles (25), RBI (65), runs scored (86), hits (120), and games played (143) while batting .249.

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