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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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Miguel Montero was 2-for-3 with two home runs, three RBI, and a walk against the Padres on Saturday.
Montero hit a solo homer against Tyson Ross in the sixth inning before launching a two-run shot off Chris Rearick in the very next frame. It was the ninth multi-homer game of his career. Montero came into Saturday's action with just two hits over his first 19 at-bats this season. Perhaps this will get him on track. Apr 18 - 6:38 PM

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Miguel Montero is not in the Cubs' lineup Monday.

David Ross is catching Jon Lester, which will be the case all season. Montero has just one hit in his first 12 at-bats this season.
Apr 13 - 4:14 PM

Miguel Montero is not in the Cubs' lineup Friday.

He's sitting in favor of Welington Castillo with the Rockies throwing lefty Tyler Matzek. Between regular rest versus lefties and David Ross being Jon Lester's personal catcher, Montero appears to be in line for less playing time this year than he's had in the past. Also notable is the Cubs going with Matt Szczur in left field.
Apr 10 - 1:11 PM

Miguel Montero walked, singled, and hit a solo home run in five plate appearances as the Cubs shut out the Royals 7-0 on Sunday.

Montero gave the Cubs an early lead with a first-inning solo shot off of Edinson Volquez. The catcher has had a forgettable spring, as he's now batting a meager .189 (7-for-37) with two home runs and two RBI. Montero has posted subpar offensive numbers in the last two seasons but the Cubs are hoping for a resurgence in 2015.
Mar 29 - 7:24 PM

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

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 Statcorner.com.
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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Miguel Montero
2David Ross
3Welington Castillo
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Addison Russell
2Tommy La Stella
SS1Starlin Castro
2Jonathan Herrera
3B1Kris Bryant
2Mike Olt
LF1Chris Coghlan
2Chris Denorfia
CF1Dexter Fowler
RF1Jorge Soler
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jon Lester
2Jake Arrieta
3Jason Hammel
4Kyle Hendricks
5Travis Wood
6Tsuyoshi Wada
7Jacob Turner
8Dallas Beeler
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Hector Rondon
2Neil Ramirez
3Pedro Strop
4Jason Motte
5Justin Grimm
6Phil Coke
7Edwin Jackson
8Brian Schlitter
9Zac Rosscup
10Gonzalez Germen