A year ago the Arizona Diamondbacks began shopping back-up 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 Montero’s role would be as a left-handed pinch hitter who would occasionally start behind the plate.