Report: Arizona Diamondbacks looked to trade Miguel Montero to Dodgers

Dec 7, 2014, 2:13 AM | Updated: 2:35 am
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A report says the Arizona Diamondbacks shopped longtime catcher Miguel Montero to the Los Angeles Dodgers, but negotiations ultimately fell apart.

According to the report, the D-backs were seeking outfielder Andre Ethier in exchange for Montero, who is owed $40 million over the next three years.

A revival of the discussions is unlikely, sources said. Montero is said to be a favorite of owner Ken Kendrick. The D-backs also might not want to deal within the NL West or with their former general manager, Josh Byrnes, who is now the Dodgers senior vice president of baseball operations.

Montero hit .243 with 13 home runs and 72 RBI in 136 games for the D-backs last season. He has spent his entire Major League Baseball career in Arizona after being signed as an undrafted free agent in 2001. Montero is a career .264 hitter and was an All-Star selection in 2011 and 2014.

Ethier, who played baseball at Arizona State from 2001-03, is a career .285 hitter. He hit .249 with four home runs and 42 RBI in 130 games for the Dodgers in 2014. Ethier, an All-Star selection in 2010 and 2011, is owed $53.5 million over the next three years.

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