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.

Freddie Freeman exits game after being hit on wrist by pitch

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Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman had to exit Wednesday night’s game against the Phillies after he was hit on the left wrist by a Hoby Milner fastball in the bottom of the eighth inning. Charlie Culberson pinch-ran for him and stayed in the game to play first base.

You may recall that Freeman’s left wrist is the one that was fractured by an Aaron Loup pitch last year. Understandably, there’s some concern here. The Braves should provide an update later tonight or on Thursday.

Freeman went 1-for-3 in Wednesday’s game before exiting. On the season, he’s batting .288/.468/.492 with two home runs, 12 RBI, and 12 runs scored in 79 plate appearances.