D’Backs avoid arbitration with Montero via $3.2M deal

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As first reported by Mike Axisa of MLB Trade Rumors, the Diamondbacks avoided arbitration on Wednesday evening with Miguel Montero by agreeing to a one-year contract that will pay the catcher $3.2 million in 2011.

Montero was eligible for arbitration this winter for the second time in his career.  Last season he pulled in $2 million while batting .266/.332/.438 with nine homers and 43 RBI across 331 plate appearances.  He missed about two months due to a torn meniscus and subsequent surgery.

Montero has good power potential and plays half of his games at Arizona’s Chase Field, a park that tends to help power hitters shine.

If the 27-year-old Venezuelan native can stay healthy, he should do damage in what will be his sixth major league season.  He’s likely to bat near the heart of the Diamondbacks’ batting order.

Dodgers designate Sergio Romo for assignment

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The Dodgers announced on Thursday that the club activated pitcher Grant Dayton from the 10-day disabled list and designated pitcher Sergio Romo for assignment.

Dayton, 29, went on the disabled list earlier this month with neck stiffness. He’ll resume with a 3.63 ERA and a 20/12 K/BB ratio in 22 1/3 innings.

Romo, 34, signed a one-year, $3 million deal with the Dodgers in February. It didn’t really work out, as the right-hander posted a 6.12 ERA with a 31/12 K/BB ratio in 25 innings. His peripherals are still decent, so it wouldn’t be surprising if a team in need of a bullpen arm makes a deal with the Dodgers within the week.

Nate Karns underwent season-ending surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome

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MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that Royals pitcher Nate Karns underwent surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome on Wednesday. He’s expected to be ready for spring training next year. Karns went on the disabled list in May with an elbow injury and didn’t make much progress.

The Royals acquired Karns from the Mariners in January in exchange for outfielder Jarrod Dyson. Over eight starts and one relief appearance, the 29-year-old right-hander compiled a 4.17 ERA and a 51/13 K/BB ratio in 45 1/3 innings.

Karns will enter his first of three years of arbitration eligibility after the season, so he’ll be under the Royals’ control through 2020.