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Miguel Montero | Catcher | #47

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (34) / 7/9/1983
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 210
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2001 / UDFA / ARZ
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Blue Jays acquired C Miguel Montero and cash considerations from the Cubs for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Cubs are expected to pick up the majority of Montero's remaining contract. Montero was designated for assignment last week after he publicly criticized Jake Arrieta and the Cubs' pitching staff for their inability to hold baserunners. That's a big no-no to do to a teammate, but the Blue Jays are willing to add him as Russell Martin's backup. Jul 3 - 10:03 AM

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Blue Jays are among the teams with interest in Miguel Montero.

Montero was designated for assignment by the Cubs following a rant about Jake Arrieta not being able to hold runners on. It's possible Chicago could work out a trade of the catcher before having to release him, but either way they're going to have to pick up nearly all of what remains of his $14 million salary. Montero would be a backup to Russell Martin in Toronto.
Jun 28 - 3:53 PM

Cubs designated C Miguel Montero for assignment.

Montero drew headlines after Tuesday's game when he threw Jake Arrieta under the bus following the team allowing seven stolen bases to the Nationals. He's 1-for-32 in trying to catch attempted base stealers this season but is also hitting .286/.366/.439 with four home runs, so some team will scoop up Montero after he clears waivers. Victor Caratini has been called up to replace Montero on the roster.
Jun 28 - 12:28 PM

Miguel Montero reached base three times Sunday in the Cubs’ 4-2 loss to Miami.

He was the only Cub with more than one hit, singling twice while also drawing a walk. Montero has played sparingly but has made the most of his opportunities this year, slashing .292/.373/.448 over 96 at-bats.
Jun 25 - 7:25 PM

Miguel Montero had one of the team's three hits in Saturday's game at L.A. Dodgers.

It wasn't all good, as he did strike out once. When Willson Contreras needs a rest the Cubs do not lose anything by using the veteran Montero behind the dish. He has hit safely in each of his past three appearances and is slashing .328/.362/.500 across 64 at-bats.
May 28 - 12:56 AM

Miguel Montero walked two but didn't allow a run in an inning of relief during Saturday's blowout loss to the Yankees.

Montero was the best pitcher the Cubs used Saturday, as the other three allowed a combined 11 runs and 14 hits. The 33-year-old backstop is now one of the best relief options in the Cubs' bullpen, in fact. Manager Joe Maddon will likely opt to keep him as the team's backup catcher instead.
May 6 - 11:17 PM

Miguel Montero said that he is not concerned about decreased at-bats due to the presence of fellow backstop Willson Contreras.

"I'm here to do my job, it's as simple as that. Whatever it is, I'm here to do my job," Montero said. Contreras was called up from the minors midseason a year ago and is expected to see the majority of starting at-bats this coming season. Manager Joe Maddon did not seem particularly concerned about Montero's mindset potentially turning negative due to the decreased playing time, saying, "Miggy' is fine and I think he's a very strong contributor. It's just that his role is going to shift right now, theoretically, in the beginning, but you never know."
Source: MLB.com
Feb 15 - 4:08 PM

Miguel Montero hit a go-ahead grand slam in the eighth inning Saturday in the Cubs' win over the Dodgers in Game 1 of the NLCS.

Before this game, Cubs manager Joe Maddon said he wasn’t concerned about Montero’s back, which has bothered him throughout the season. After watching Montero smack a game-winning grand slam into the stratosphere, neither are we. Holy cow. With the game tied at three in the eighth inning, Joe Blanton walked to load the bases for Aroldis Chapman. Montero pinch-hit for Chapman and instantly became a playoff legend. It was only the third pinch-hit grand slam in postseason history. Blanton’s implosion continued in the next at-bat when he allowed a solo shot to Dexter Fowler. The eighth-inning explosion gave Bill Murray’s favorite team a 1-0 series lead. They’ll need it with Clayton Kershaw going for the Dodgers on Sunday.
Sat, Oct 15, 2016 11:55:00 PM

Cubs manager Joe Maddon said he isn't concerned about Miguel Montero's back.

Montero only started one game in the NLDS against San Francisco and has battled back issues throughout the season. He may not be 100 percent but it sounds like Montero will at least be available for the NLCS. David Ross is drawing the start in Game 1 with Jon Lester on the mound.
Sat, Oct 15, 2016 05:46:00 PM

Miguel Montero ripped a walk-off home run in the 10th inning of Friday's win over the Brewers.

The Cubs were going to celebrate Friday regardless of the result of their game since they technically clinched the division with the Cardinals' loss Thursday, but it makes it sweeter coming after a win (and a walk-off victory, no less). Montero had one of two homers on the day for the Cubbies, as Albert Almora also went deep.
Fri, Sep 16, 2016 05:51:00 PM

Miguel Montero went 2-for-4 with a home run in a loss to the Marlins on Saturday.

The homer, a solo dong, was Montero's fourth of the year. The 32-year-old has been the odd man out in recent days, as phenom Willson Contreras has commanded playing time with his hot hitting and veteran David Ross remains post-dish for Jon Lester starts. Contreras' presence will continue to cut into Montero's at-bats, even if the youngster is finding starts at other positions, and Montero's .207/.322/.347 line doesn't help, either.
Sat, Jun 25, 2016 08:44:00 PM

Miguel Montero (knee) returned to the Cubs' lineup Saturday versus the Marlins.

Montero has been dealing with some soreness in his right knee since a play at home plate on Wednesday, but he's feeling good enough to catch John Lackey on Saturday. The hot-hitting Willson Contreras is starting in left field.
Sat, Jun 25, 2016 12:35:00 PM

Miguel Montero (knee) is out of the Cubs' lineup again Friday.

Montero is still dealing with some soreness in his right knee from a play at home plate on Wednesday. The Cubs don't want to push things, but he is available to pinch-hit. Willson Contreras will start behind the plate and bat cleanup Friday versus Miami.
Fri, Jun 24, 2016 06:01:00 PM

Cubs manager Joe Maddon said that Miguel Montero (knee) checked out fine in his post-game examination.

Sigh of relief for the Cubs. Montero was pulled from Wednesday's game against the Cardinals after Brandon Moss slid into him on a play at the plate in the sixth inning. Willson Contreras took his place at catcher, but Montero's examination turned up no tangible damage to the right knee and Maddon said that he will be utilized as normal moving forward. Contreras taking over the position might have to wait a little longer.
Wed, Jun 22, 2016 06:35:00 PM

Miguel Montero left Wednesday's game against the Cardinals with an apparent leg injury.

Brandon Moss slid into Montero's legs while scoring on a Yadier Molina grounder in the top of the sixth inning. Willson Contreras entered the game at catcher and could suddenly be thrust into an everyday-like role if Montero's injury is at all serious. Look for an update after the game.
Wed, Jun 22, 2016 04:10:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Russell Martin
2Miguel Montero
3Luke Maile
1B1Justin Smoak
2B1Devon Travis
2Ryan Goins
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
2Darwin Barney
3B1Josh Donaldson
2Chris Coghlan
LF1Steve Pearce
2Ezequiel Carrera
CF1Kevin Pillar
2Dalton Pompey
3Anthony Alford
RF1Jose Bautista
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Marco Estrada
2Aaron Sanchez
3Marcus Stroman
4J.A. Happ
5Francisco Liriano
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Roberto Osuna
2Ryan Tepera
3Joe Smith
4J.P. Howell
5Aaron Loup
6Dominic Leone
7Danny Barnes
8Jeff Beliveau
9Joe Biagini
10Mike Bolsinger
11Leonel Campos
12Bo Schultz