Miggy Makes More

Oh what a difference a year makes. After the 2008 season catcher Chris Snyder was entrenched as the Arizona Diamondbacks starting catcher. As he neared the time for arbitration, the team decided to lock up their young catcher to a long-term contract.

Snyder would sign a three-year contract worth approximately $14 million. Snyder was lauded for his defensive prowess behind the plate and the contract looked to provide him with some security while giving the team financial stability.

Back-up catcher Miguel Montero was deemed expendable and the team tried to trade him through the off-season. When the 2009 season started both Snyder and Montero were in camp sharing the catching duties.

Manager Bob Melvin was a big proponent for Snyder and as the team broke camp; Snyder would see the bulk of the catching duties in the regular season.

Injuries would sideline Snyder during the 2009 campaign and when Melvin was fired and replaced with AJ Hinch things seemed to turn for Snyder.

You have to give Montero credit, he was given an opportunity to play as a result of Snyder’s injury and he made the most of it. By the time Snyder was able to return he had lost his starting job to Montero and watched from the dugout.

As the season began to wind down Snyder would require back surgery. Now a year later and it is Montero who is entrenched as the starter and Snyder finds himself as the subject of countless trade rumors.

Unlike a year ago, the Diamondbacks seem content with managing Montero’s contract status on a yearly basis at least over the short-term. Where Snyder was given a three year extension based upon a good season; Montero was offered a one year contract with the club.

Perhaps General Manager Josh Byrnes has learned a lesson based on the flow of events with Snyder or maybe the team is trying to decide whether Montero’s success was a one season wonder.

Regardless of what their reasoning is, the Diamondbacks are taking the slow road to signing their young backstop. Given the way the last two seasons have gone for Arizona catchers you have to wonder who we will be talking about next off-season. Will Montero still be the starter or will Snyder regain that role or will both be gone and we’ll be talking about a new catcher of the future?


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