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Miguel Montero | Catcher

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (31) / 7/9/1983
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 210
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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Cubs acquired C Miguel Montero from the Diamondbacks for RHPs Jeferson Mejia and Zack Godley.
The Cubs will assume the three years and $40 million remaining on Montero's contract. The 31-year-old backstop faded during the second half this past season en route to a .243/.329/.370 batting line with 13 home runs and 72 RBI, but there's bounce-back potential in Chicago. His framing ability provides extra value. Welington Castillo was the Cubs' primary catcher this past season, but he's now likely to be traded. Tue, Dec 9, 2014 04:56:00 PM

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According to Bruce Levine of Chicago's 670 The Score, the Cubs and Diamondbacks have agreed to a trade involving catcher Miguel Montero.

The Diamondbacks are reportedly expected to get right-handers Jeferson Mejia and Zack Godley in return. Montero struggled in 2014 for Arizona, batting .243/.329/.379 with 13 home runs in 136 games, but he's a good bounceback candidate for Chicago at age 31. Montero is owed $40 million over the next three years, and the Cubs are expected to pay all of it.
Tue, Dec 9, 2014 03:40:00 PM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Cubs are close to acquiring catcher Miguel Montero from the Diamondbacks.

Nightengale says the swap is expected to be finalized by the end of the day Tuesday. FOX Sports' Jon Morosi and Ken Rosenthal were the first to mention that the two sides were nearing a trade, and Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports heard Monday that pitching prospects would be headed to Arizona in return. Montero, 31, batted .243/.329/.370 with 13 home runs and 72 RBI in 136 games this past season for the Diamondbacks. He is owed $40 million over the next three years.
Tue, Dec 9, 2014 12:02:00 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick hears from a source that a trade between the Diamondbacks and Cubs involving Miguel Montero "isn't close to fruition."

Crasnick confirms that the two sides are having discussions, but it's not a done deal yet. Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic hears that if a deal happens, the Diamondbacks will likely receive two A-ball pitchers in return for Montero.
Tue, Dec 9, 2014 12:30:00 AM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi and Ken Rosenthal report that the Cubs are discussing a trade with the Diamondbacks involving Miguel Montero.

Rosenthal adds the two sides have been in talks for weeks and the deal "appears to be getting closer." Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan says the Diamondbacks would receive "low-level" pitching prospects in the trade. Montero is owed $40 million over the next three seasons and the D'Backs are apparently eager to get out from under that contract even though they have no able replacement. The veteran backstop hit .243/.329/.370 with 13 homers and 72 RBI last season for Arizona.
Mon, Dec 8, 2014 09:29:00 PM

Diamondbacks Chief Baseball Officer Tony La Russa on Monday refuted a report that ownership denied a potential trade that would have sent Miguel Montero to the Dodgers and Andre Ethier to the D'Backs.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported over the weekend that ownership had nixed the deal, but La Russa is saying otherwise. La Russa wouldn't rule out the trade being revisited but said "conversations are not what they were before" and deemed the possibility "less likely" than it had been. While it appears he's not going to the Dodgers, it's clear that Montero is available.
Mon, Dec 8, 2014 08:05:00 PM

Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart indicated Friday that the team is not actively shopping catcher Miguel Montero.

Stewart quipped, "Believe me, if I was motivated to move him, he would probably be gone by now." Montero has been a popular name in trade rumblings this winter, with the Cubs, Dodgers and White Sox all believed to have inquired about his status. It looks as though it will take an offer the D'Backs can't refuse for them to move the 31-year-old backstop.
Fri, Dec 5, 2014 08:04:00 PM

Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Cubs, Dodgers and White Sox have talked to the Diamondbacks about a trade involving Miguel Montero.

It's not clear how far along the talks with those teams have gotten, but Piecoro does note that the inquiries "have not picked up significantly" since the Russell Martin signing. The D'Backs are shopping Montero in hopes of clearing some payroll space, possibly so that they can add some pitching.
Fri, Nov 21, 2014 10:20:00 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Diamondbacks "are shopping" Miguel Montero.

He adds that the club is merely in "listening mode" at this point, but they "would move Montero for the right offer." The D'Backs lack an internal replacement for Montero, but they're apparently willing to trade him for pitching help. Montero has failed to eclipse a .700 OPS the last two seasons, but he's mostly been very durable and, as Rosenthal notes, led all catchers in pitch framing this season, according to
Sun, Nov 2, 2014 10:50:00 AM

Miguel Montero went 2-for-3 with a double, homer, walk, two RBI and two runs scored Friday against the Padres.

Montero had been hitless in four of his last five games. He got Thursday off, so perhaps the veteran backstop was able to clear his head and soothe his joints. Montero is slashing a respectable .260/.345/.410 and is on pace for 16 homers and 82 RBI.
Sat, Aug 23, 2014 12:13:00 AM

Miguel Montero hit a three-run homer and walked three times Friday against the Rockies.

Montero is up to 12 homers and 62 RBI in 102 games this year after finishing with 11 and 42, respectively, in 116 games last season. He's been one of Arizona's bright spots.
Sat, Aug 9, 2014 01:06:00 AM

Miguel Montero is not in the Diamondbacks starting lineup on Saturday.

It appears just to be a routine day off for the veteran backstop. Tuffy Gosewisch will get the start behind the dish and hit seventh for the Snakes against the Phillies on Saturday.
Sat, Jul 26, 2014 03:12:00 PM

Miguel Montero went 2-for-4 with a go-ahead two-run single in the eighth to give the Diamondbacks a 5-4 win over the Tigers.

After Torii Hunter knocked in two to give the Tigers a 4-3 lead in the eighth, Miguel Montero answered with a two-run hit of his own in the bottom of the frame. He's done a nice job holding down the four-spot in Arizona's lineup. The All Star catcher now has 58 RBI on the season and is slashing .263/.344/.412.
Wed, Jul 23, 2014 01:29:00 AM

Miguel Montero has been added to the All-Star roster as an injury replacement for Yadier Molina (thumb).

It will be his second All-Star appearance and first since 2011. Montero has batted .265/.346/.419 with 11 home runs and 52 RBI for the Diamondbacks this season.
Fri, Jul 11, 2014 05:48:00 PM

Miguel Montero is not in the Diamondbacks' lineup Tuesday.

It's Montero's second day off in the last three games. "He’s starting to get tired," manager Kirk Gibson said. "I can tell." Tuffy Gosewisch is behind the dish Tuesday.
Tue, Jul 8, 2014 08:35:00 PM