D-backs and Roberts settle for $2.0125 million
PHOENIX — It was a busy Tuesday morning for the D-backs.
After reaching a settlement just moments before a salary-arbitration hearing with catcher Miguel Montero, the D-backs settled with another salary-arbitration eligible player in third baseman Ryan Roberts.
According to Roberts agency, Beverly Hills Sports Council, the deal is worth $2.0125.
More than anyone, Roberts typified the 2011 season for the upstart D-backs. A long shot to make the team in Spring Training, he led all of baseball in batting average during the spring and wound up as the club’s Opening Day third baseman.
Roberts went on to hit .249 with 86 runs scored, 25 doubles, 19 homers and 65 RBIs while getting on base at a .341 clip as the D-backs unexpectedly won 94 games and the National League West title.
Roberts had asked for $2.275 million when arbitration figures were exchanged a couple of weeks ago and the D-backs submitted a $1.65 million figure.
The Montero and Roberts signings leave the D-backs with left-handed reliever Craig Breslow as their lone unsigned arbitration-eligible player.