Long-term contract talks between Diamondbacks and Miguel Montero “are at a standstill”

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Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers said yesterday that he’d like to sign catcher Miguel Montero to a long-term contract extension, but Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that talks “are at a standstill.”

Montero is coming off a career-best season and his first All-Star selection, so with free agency one year away he may not be all that motivated to pass up the open market. Montero will likely earn at least $5 million in 2012 via the arbitration process and another strong season would put him in line for a big payday as a 28-year-old free agent.

Piecoro speculates the Arizona is offering a three-year deal and Montero is asking for a five-year deal, and if that’s the case Montero has good reason to turn down the Diamondbacks’ proposal. Rarely does an in-his-prime, All-Star player accept a three-year contract when he’s just one season away from free agency.

Indians to sign Tyler Clippard

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Jon Heyman reports that the Indians are signing Tyler Clippard to a minor league deal. He’ll make $1.75 million if he makes the big league roster.

Clippard, a 12-year veteran who just turned 34, pitched in 73 games for the Blue Jays last year, posting a 3.67 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 85/23 in 68.2 innings. It was a nice bounce back year for him after he spent 2017 bouncing among three different teams in the course of a below average campaign.

With the departures of Andrew Miller and Cody Allen, and the elevation of Brad Hand to the closer’s role, Terry Francona will be looking for all the mid-innings help he can get in the Indians’ pen. Clippard could fit that bill.