D-backs, Montero remain apart on contract

D-backs, Montero remain apart on contract

D-backs, Montero remain apart on contract
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The D-backs have not had talks recently with catcher Miguel Montero about a contract extension.

Arizona general manager Kevin Towers said the team has talked more internally to prepare for the discussions with Montero's representatives. Montero and the D-backs avoided a salary-arbitration hearing with a last-minute agreement on a one-year, $5.9 million contract.

Montero, who can be a free agent after this season, has expressed a desire to stay in Arizona long term. The two sides appear to be on the same page, with regards to years on a deal, but remain far apart in terms of money.

Montero expressed a desire to resolve the situation, one way or another, before the start of the season -- and suggested that March 20 might be a good deadline for getting a deal done or tabling it until the end of the year.

The D-backs agree with that thought process.

"I don't want it to be a distraction for him once the season starts," Towers said. "There always has to be compromises on both sides to be able to work a deal, and I don't think it's any secret we'd like to have him here long term. Will that happen? I can't answer that."