It looks like any fears the D-backs would lose catcher Miguel Montero as a free agent can be put to bed.
According to FoxSports.com MLB writer Jon Morosi, the team and its catcher have agreed to a five-year extension.
Source: #DBacks and Miguel Montero agree on five-year, $60 million extension. Press conference expected Saturday.— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) May 25, 2012
Montero, 28, is hitting .255 with two home runs and 21 RBI on the season, but really came into his own last year when he posted a .282 average with 18 home runs and 86 RBI. He made the All-Star team for the first time, and developed into a sound defensive catcher, too.
Montero was set to become a free agent at the conclusion of the 2012 season, and after the team and player failed to come to an agreement before the season there was concern this might be his last year in the desert.
With that not being the case, the team can look forward to having one of its best hitters and leaders in the middle of the lineup for years to come.