Diamondbacks, Montero end talks until after season



SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks and catcher Miguel Montero have ended talks on a multiyear contract until after this season, when he will be a free agent.

The two sides have been in talks in recent weeks but general manager Kevin Towers said no agreement could be reached. Both he and Montero said they did not want the contract issue to be a distraction as the Diamondbacks defend their NL West crown.

The Diamondbacks avoided arbitration with Montero by signing him to a 1-year, $5.9 million contract. He hit .282 with 18 home runs and 86 RBIs last season. Montero was a late addition to the All-Star team after another player withdrew.

He and Towers appeared together at a brief news conference Wednesday to explain the situation.