Miguel Montero and Diamondbacks agree at $5.9M

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Arizona and catcher Miguel Montero have agreed to a $5.9 million, one-year contract, just ahead of the scheduled start of what would have been the first salary arbitration hearing of the year.

The deal Tuesday was $200,000 below the midpoint of the $6.8 million he had asked for and the $5.4 million Arizona had offered.

Montero hit .282 with 18 homers and 86 RBIs last year, when he made $3.2 million..

Twenty-seven players remain in arbitration, with hearings scheduled through Feb. 17.