Miguel Montero C CHC 2 days 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 1 month 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.

Miguel Montero C CHC 6 months ago

Montero will sit out Sunday's game against the Cardinals.

Tuffy Gosewisch will get the start in the regular season finale over Montero, who will finish an okay year (.243/.329/.370) for a lost Diamondbacks team.

Miguel Montero C CHC 6 months ago

Montero is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Twins.

Montero will take Wednesday's game off following a 0-for-7 stretch at the plate over the last two games. He now sits at a .244/.330/.373 batting line for the season.

Miguel Montero C CHC 6 months ago

Montero is out of Sunday's lineup against the Rockies.

After three-hit night at Coors Field, Montero will sit out and Tuffy Gosewisch will get the start. Before last night, Montero was two for his last 31 and might be winding down with the Diamondbacks' season fully lost.

Miguel Montero C CHC 6 months ago

Montero is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Giants.

Montero will sit the finale of the series against the Giants after going just 1-for-8 over the first two games and 1-for-21 over his past six starts. Tuffy Gosewisch gets the start behind the plate Wednesday and will bat seventh for the Diamondbacks.

Miguel Montero C CHC 7 months ago

Montero is out of the lineup Saturday against the Padres.

Manager Kirk Gibson said last month that he would rest Montero more frequently down the stretch, and he's been true to his word. Saturday's absence will mark Montero's second in three days and third in the team's last seven games.

Miguel Montero C CHC 7 months ago

Montero is out of the lineup Thursday against the Giants.

Montero will sit in favor of Tuffy Gosewisch in the finale against San Francisco, after going 0-for-7 in the first two games of the series. The 31-year-old Montero is now batting .224/.319/.315 since the All-Star break and may sit more frequently over the final weeks of the season.