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Montero looking for V-Mart deal; no chance to get it with D-Backs

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Improving Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero is said to be looking for a deal similar to Victor Martinez's $52-million, four-year contract, and the chances for him to make a deal with Arizona appear slim under those conditions.

Montero, 28, a free agent after the year, turned in his best offensive year in 2011, hitting .282 with 18 home runs and 86 RBIs, and those numbers may very well have helped price him out of the Arizona market.

There is a sport-wide scarcity of catchers, leading to some catching deals this spring, the most notable being the $75-million, five-year contract for Yadier Molina, who is considered the game's best defensive catcher and really had no comp in some respects. Molina is a special case, but he may have some effect on the other catchers whose contracts are up, uncluding Russell Martin, Mike Napoli and Montero.

Of more immediate concern for the Diamondbacks is their catching isn't deep. Henry Blanco, 41, is Montero's backup.

Montero has improved his throwing along with his hitting, but the Diamondbacks aren't envisioning a deal in the V-Mart neighborhood. The 18 home runs and 86 RBIs were career highs. Montero and Martinez have the same agent, Alan Nero.

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