Cubs working on a trade for Arizona’s Miguel Montero, per reports
The Cubs are close to landing catcher Miguel Montero in a trade with the Diamondbacks, according to reports.
The Cubs have been in search for catching options this offseason and just missed out on free agent Russell Martin before he agreed to a five-year deal with the Blue Jays. With Welington Castillo the team’s current starter behind the dish, Montero would provide the Cubs with some added depth at the position.
The 31-year-old Montero hit .243/.329/.370 with 13 home runs in 2014 and has seen his performance at the plate decline in each of the past two seasons. He batted just .230/.318/.344 in 2013 and has posted an OPS below .700 in back-to-back years after averaging an OPS of .817 from 2009 to 2012.
Still, Montero would be an upgrade over Castillo, whose defense is a big question mark. His performance offensively also stagnated this past season, and Castillo has never played more than 113 games in a single campaign since debuting in the majors four years ago.
Montero is owed $12 million next season before earning $14 million in 2016 and again in 2017. With the Cubs’ rebuilding project coming to an end and a bevy of young talent set to arrive soon at Wrigley Field, Montero would join a team that hopes to begin contending again soon in the NL Central.