Miguel Montero C CHC 1 day ago

Montero will not be in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Padres, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports.

Montero will be rested a day after swatting his first two homers of the season in the Cubs' 11-inning victory over the Padres. David Ross will step in for Montero, who is batting just .174 with six RBI for the season even after Saturday's strong performance.

Miguel Montero C CHC 2 days ago

Montero went 2-for-4 Saturday with his first two home runs of the season and three RBI.

He doubled both his hit and RBI totals on the season, which tells you how slowly Montero's come out of the gate. Hopefully for his fantasy owners, Saturday's outburst signals the start of a hot streak.

Miguel Montero C CHC 6 days ago

Montero, who was out of the lineup Monday, continued his slow start to the season Tuesday, failing to get a hit in three at bats.

Montero has sat twice already this season, and is a combined 1-for-15 from the plate. He was acquired in the offseason to be the full-time starting catcher, but he's only getting on base 20 percent of the time. Expect Montero and Wellington Castillo to share time at catcher going forward, especially if Montero continues to struggle.

Miguel Montero C CHC 1 week ago

Montero is not in the lineup Monday against the Reds.

Montero was acquired over the offseason with the intention of serving as the club's primary catching option, but Monday now marks already the third time he'll sit in the team's first six games. The 31-year-old is just 1-for-12 with four strikeouts thus far, so it's possible he'll continue to lose playing time if the production doesn't improve. David Ross will start behind the plate Monday, batting seventh.

Miguel Montero C CHC 1 week ago

Montero is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Rockies, according to ESPN Chicago.

Montero will be held out in favor of Welington Castillo with left-hander Tyler Matzek on the mound for the Rockies. Montero is the Cubs' primary catcher, but all of he, Castillo, and David Ross have started a game this season, so his playing time could be irregular.

Miguel Montero C CHC 2 weeks ago

Montero is not in the lineup Sunday night against the Cardinals.

Montero was expected to serve as the Cubs' primary catcher this season, but manager Joe Maddon will instead roll with David Ross on Opening Night. It's a bit surprising to not see the extra left-handed bat Montero provides in the lineup against opposing starter Adam Wainwright, but look for the veteran to return to the starting lineup in short order.

Miguel Montero C CHC 3 weeks ago

Montero went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and an error in a win over the White Sox on Friday. He has one RBI and is slashing just .152/.176/.303 this spring.

A veteran with a secure job does not need to have great March stats, but Montero's 12:1 K:BB ratio in 33 at-bats is a bit alarming. He should be the regular catcher all year, but with David Ross catching Jon Lester every fifth day and Welington Castillo still around, he may not get the at-bats of most of the top catchers.

Miguel Montero C CHC 2 months ago

Jon Lester has been confirmed as the starter on Opening Night, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports, meaning Montero might not be the starter in his first game in a Cubs uniform.The Cubs signed David Ross in the offseason, and he's widely accepted as Lester's personal catcher. Montero, who was traded to Chicago in December, it still atop the depth chart even if he doesn't start the opener.

Miguel Montero C CHC 4 months ago

The Diamondbacks agreed to trade Montero to the Cubs on Tuesday, Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com reports.

The return package to Arizona is still uncertain but the Diamondbacks are expected to receive only lower-level prospects, with the Cubs assuming the $40 million remaining on Montero's contract. Montero posted a disappointing .699 OPS last season, but slashed .256/.348/.386 against right-handers and his overall line should improve while likely platooning behind the plate with Welington Castillo.

Miguel Montero C CHC 5 months ago

The Diamondbacks have been receiving interest in Montero from other clubs this offseason, the Arizona Republic reports.

It's also believed that the Diamondbacks will move a middle infielder at some point, but Montero will be available relatively cheaply compared to free agent Russell Martin (Montero is owed $40 million through 2017 while Martin is expected to receive a deal worth significantly more on the open market), and the market for catching this winter is quite thin. Montero hit .243/.329/.370 with 13 homers and 72 RBI over 136 games for Arizona in 2014.