A year ago the Arizona Diamondbacks began shopping backup catcher Miguel Montero around the league. They had signed starting catcher Chris Snyder to a three-year contract after he had proven himself as a capable starter who handled the pitching staff very well. Unfortunately, the Diamondbacks could not find a deal adequate to trade Montero. As they went into spring training 2009, Snyder remained the primary catcher. Manager Bob Melvin explained that Snyder would get the bulk of the work behind the plate and MonteroÆs role would be as a left-handed pinch hitter who would occasionally start behind the plate. There were rumors that general manager Josh Byrnes expressed a desire to have Montero in the lineup with more regularity, a request that met with quite a lot of opposition from Melvin a ...
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