No ligament damage, so Miguel Montero due back in 4-6 weeks

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Miguel Montero is undergoing knee surgery today, but the Diamondbacks got some relatively good news in that no ligament damage was found. That means rather than potentially missing the entire season Montero is expected to be out for 4-6 weeks with a torn meniscus.
Chris Snyder was the Diamondbacks’ primary catcher from 2005 until Montero’s breakout last year, so Arizona is as well-equipped as any team to be without their starting backstop for a month or two.
Prior to struggling last season Snyder batted .251 with a .346 on-base percentage and .438 slugging percentage in 997 plate appearances over the previous three seasons, which puts him solidly above average for a catcher. He’s also thrown out 32 percent of steal attempts for his career.
Obviously losing one of the team’s best players for 4-6 weeks is never a good thing, but if Snyder can impress while filling in the Diamondbacks might be able to swap him for some decent value around the trade deadline after having trouble finding an acceptable return for him all offseason. If he shows his 2006-2008 form, Snyder would be an upgrade behind the plate for quite a few teams.

Kyle Gibson, Orioles finalize 1-year, $10M contract

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SAN DIEGO – Right-hander Kyle Gibson and the Baltimore Orioles finalized a one-year, $10 million contract.

The 35-year-old would receive a $150,000 assignment bonus if traded, payable by the receiving team. He also can earn a $25,000 bonus if he is elected or selected for the All-Star team. Gibson was an All-Star in 2021.

Gibson was 10-8 with a 5.05 ERA in 31 starts for Philadelphia last season. He also pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings in two relief appearances in the postseason for the NL champions.

Baltimore gained another experienced arm as it looks to build on its surprising season. After losing 110 games the previous year, the Orioles contended for an AL wild card for much of the summer before finishing 83-79 for the franchise’s first winning record since 2016.

Gibson was an AL All-Star in 2021, going 6-3 with a 2.87 ERA in 19 starts for Texas. He was traded to Philadelphia that July, and he went 4-6 with a 5.09 ERA in 12 appearances for the Phillies down the stretch.

The 6-foot-6 Gibson was selected by Minnesota in the first round of the 2009 amateur draft. He made his big league debut with the Twins in 2013.

He spent his first first seven seasons with Minnesota, going 67-68 with a 4.52 ERA in 193 games, including 188 starts. He had his best year in 2018, finishing with a career-low 3.62 ERA in a career-best 196 2/3 innings.

Gibson, who signed a $28 million, three-year contract with Texas in December 2019, is 89-91 with a 4.52 ERA in 267 major league games.