According to a report from Jon Paul Morosi and Ken Rosenthal, the Cubs and Diamondbacks are discussing a trade that would send Miguel Montero to the Cubs.
The front office checked in with the Tony LaRussa and Dave Stewart during the GM Meetings about what it would take to acquire Montero. The deal appears to be coming together according to Rosenthal.
The Cubs would send pitching low-level pitching prospects to the Diamondbacks according to Ken Rosenthal and Jeff Passan and take on almost all of the three years and $40 million owed to Miguel Montero.
Miguel Montero is one of the catcher options Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have been looking into acquiring. The Cubs would like to upgrade the position defensively and Montero is considered one of the better pitch framing catchers in the game, especially after his work last season with new Cubs’ coach Henry Blanco.
Reports have indicated the Diamondbacks may be willing to eat some of Montero’s remaining salary, but that doesn’t appear to be the case. The Cubs would pair Montero with Welington Castillo.
Miguel Montero batted .243/.329/.370 in 136 games last season with 23 doubles, 13 home runs and a .699 OPS. Montero faded in the second half and would figure to benefit from splitting time with another backstop.
Montero hit .262/.344/.416 in his first 85 games with 14 doubles, 11 home runs and a .760 OPS.
Updated 10:35pm CST – According to Nick Piecoro, if the trade happens between the Cubs and Diamondbacks, the Cubs would likely send two A-ball pitchers to Arizona.