D-backs’ Montero seems to be available for the right price
Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart confirmed that the club is indeed listening to offers for All-Star catcher Miguel Montero, though he said it’s simply a matter of keeping all the options on the table, according to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic.
According to the report, Stewart insists that the D-backs would only pull the trigger on a potential Montero trade if the return is valuable enough. In other words, Stewart has no intentions of pursuing a trade just for the sake of dumping salary. Montero has three years and $40 million remaining on the five-year, $60 million extension he signed in May 2012.
Between this report and the one on Sunday from FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal — which stated that the club is actively listening to offers for the veteran catcher — it seems that Montero is certainly available for the right price.
It makes sense, given the amount of money remaining on Montero’s contract and the fact that both his offense and defense have dropped off a bit over the past two seasons. Montero has also racked up more starts behind the plate than any other catcher over the past four seasons, something that could be starting to take its toll on the 31-year-old catcher.
A potential trade also makes sense from a market standpoint, considering the free agency pool at catcher is rather thin outside of Russell Martin. The Cubs, White Sox and Rangers are among the teams that could all be looking to upgrade at catcher.
The one glaring issue with these rumors, however, is the fact the D-backs do not currenlty have a Major League-ready catcher that could step in and fill the potential hole that would be created by trading Montero.