One of the newest additions to the roster is excited he was traded to the Cubs.
Miguel Montero posted on his Twitter account that he is excited for the next chapter of his career with a team with so much history and bright future. And he told Nick Piecoro the same when the D-Backs’ beat writer spoke to Montero after the trade.
Miguel Montero reiterated he is “really excited” to not only play for the Cubs but for Joe Maddon, a manager that he’s “enjoyed watching manage baseball games.”
Theo Epstein has wanted Miguel Montero to be his catcher for years and he finally landed the backstop Tuesday. Epstein reportedly tried to acquire Montero six years ago then again last season. The Cubs traded RHP Jefferson Mejia and RHP Zack Godley to the Diamondbacks for Montero and announced the deal Tuesday.
The Cubs picked up all of the three years and $40 million left on Montero’s contract.
At least four other teams talked to the Diamondbacks about Montero. Dave Stewart told Steve Gilbert that he spoke with the Dodgers, Padres, Red Sox and White Sox about Montero before completing the deal with the Cubs. And the Cubs weren’t the only team willing to take back all of the $40 million left on Montero’s contract over the next three years.
Reports surfaced the Cubs were trying to trade Castillo after the Montero deal was announced. Epstein addressed the rumors and said the team was not shopping Castillo, but admitted the front office will always listen on a player. Several teams called the Cubs about Castillo once Montero was officially on the Cubs’ roster.
As soon as the news leaked Jon Lester had agreed to terms with the Cubs on the six-year contract, rumors quickly surfaced the Cubs would be signing David Ross and trading Welington Castillo. But as of Wednesday morning, the Cubs are maintaining Miguel Montero and Welington Castillo will be the Cubs catching tandem going into Spring Training.
News, Notes and Rumors
Miguel Montero is the next piece of the Cubs puzzle according to FanGraphs.
According to John Shea, the Giants are not convinced Korean SS Jung-Ho Kang’s numbers will translate to MLB. San Francisco does not sound like they will be placing a bid on Kang when he is posted next week.
Chase Headley reportedly has a four-year, $65 million offer on the table. The Giants and Yankees are interested in Headley. Jack Curry spoke with an official with a team in on the negotiations with Headley and a team has placed a four-year, $65 million offer for Chase Headley.
The Pirates agreed to terms on a three-year, $39 million contract with LHP Francisco Liriano.
According to multiple reports, the Nationals are listening to offers for Jordan Zimmermann. T.R. Sullivan reported the Rangers asked the Nationals about Zimmermann and were told they are “not inclined to deal Zimmermann but will talk about Doug Fister.”
The Astros are looking for help in the pen after losing out on Andrew Miller and David Robertson. According to Jon Heyman, Luke Gregerson is among the relievers Houston may be interested in signing. Updated 8:22am CST – According to Bob Nightengale, the Astros agreed to terms on a three-year, $18.5 million contract with RHP Luke Gregerson.
The BBWAA voted to recommend to the Hall of Fame that voters be allowed to vote for 12 former players instead of 10 according to Jayson Stark.
Jon Heyman tweeted a reminder that the Blue Jays, Indians, Brewers and Cubs are on Justin Upton’s no trade list.
According to Jon Paul Morosi, Max Scherzer is seeking a contract with $200 million in guaranteed money. Clayton Kershaw is the only pitcher in MLB history to crack the $200 million mark. By Scott Boras leaking that figure, he had a good idea of the contract Jon Lester was going to sign.
Mark Gonzales spotted two former Cubs relievers in the lobby of the Winter Meetings … Kyle Farnsworth and Will Ohman. It sounds like Farnsworth is looking for a job while Ohman would like to return to the game in some capacity.
Ruben Amaro Jr. said the Phillies are starting to get nibbles on their players according to Comcast SportsNet Philly.
This Day In Cubstory
2009 – Cubs selected Mike Parisi from the Cardinals in the Rule 5 Draft
2003 – Cubs signed free agent Gary Glover
2001 – Cubs acquired Alex Gonzalez from the Blue Jays for Felix Heredia and a PTBNL. Cubs sent Jim Deschaine to the Blue Jays on Dec. 13 to complete the trade.
1996 – Cubs signed free agent Mel Rojas
1993 – Cubs signed free agent Roberto Rivera
1993 – Cubs released William Brennan
1993 – Cubs traded Chuck McElroy to the Reds for Mike Anderson, Darron Cox and Larry Luebbers
1991 – Cubs granted free agency to Steve Carter
1982 – Cubs signed free agent Wayne Nordhagen
1982 – Cubs traded Ty Waller to the White Sox for Reggie Patterson
1982 – Cubs acquired Chuck Rainey from the Red Sox for Doug Bird
1966 – Mel Rojas, born
1963 – Rick Wrona, born
1960 – Paul Assenmacher, born
1957 – Cubs traded Tom Poholsky to the Giants for Freddy Rodriguez
1944 – Steve Renko, born
1938 – Cubs released Tony Lazzeri
1933 – Cubs signed free agent Oscar Judd
1932 – Ed Donnelly, born
1925 – Cubs traded a PTBNL and additional compensation to Louisville (American Association) for Red Shannon. Cubs sent Pinky Pittenger to Louisville on Dec. 28 to complete the trade.