03/22/12 6:20 PM ET
Inbox: Will D-backs sign Montero to extension?
Beat reporter Steve Gilbert answers Arizona fans' questions
By Steve Gilbert / MLB.com
-- Luis B., Phoenix
Luis, the D-backs have not given up on signing Montero, the two sides have just agreed not to talk again about a contract extension until after the season. The idea is not to have any distractions during the year. You are correct when you say he is one of the best catchers in baseball, and as such he's going to want to be paid like it. Whether the D-backs are willing to pay upwards of $12 million a season for him remains to be seen.
I'm not overly optimistic at this point about something getting done, because the two sides appeared to be quite a ways apart on the finances during the negotiations last month, but you never know, and I'm sure the D-backs will make one more attempt at it.
If you had to pick one thing that we may have missed or hasn't been talked/written about this spring, what would it be?
-- Mike D, Surprise, Ariz.
I would say the performance of Rule 5 pick Brett Lorin. The right-hander has thrown well this spring, but with seemingly no spots open in the bullpen we haven't really talked much about him. It will be interesting to see at the end of spring if the D-backs try to work out a deal with the Pirates to keep Lorin and send him to the Minors.
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What are the chances that Mike Zagurski makes the team?
-- Howard K., Phoenix
Zagurski is another one who has not been talked about much this spring, but he, too, has looked very good. The D-backs already have a pair of lefties in the bullpen in Joe Paterson and Craig Breslow, so I don't know that, as it stands now, Zagurski would make the team. Keep in mind that Zagurski is out of Minor League options, which means he must clear waivers if the team tries to send him down. The chances of a left-handed pitcher -- especially one who has a good spring -- clearing waivers seems unlikely, so I think it would be hard for the D-backs to keep Zagurski unless he makes the big league team.
I know you've been asked this a hundred times, but what's the story with Stephen Drew? Will we see him on Opening Day or not?
-- Tony C., Tempe, Ariz.
Not. We're two weeks away from the opener and Drew has not gotten into a Cactus League game yet. He hasn't even gotten into a simulated game, so you can rule Opening Day out. As for how long after Opening Day it will be before he's ready, we just don't know at this point. So far, he has not had any setbacks, and the D-backs want to make sure it stays that way, so they will be cautious in how they bring him along. Once he starts running the bases and gets into a game-type setting we should have a better idea of when he will be able to play during the regular season. Until that time, it's just pure speculation.