Updated 4:16pm CST – The Cubs announced the team acquired C Miguel Montero from the Arizona Diamondbacks for RHP Jefferson Mejia and RHP Zack Godley.
With the addition of Miguel Montero, the Cubs 40-man roster officially stands at 38 players.
According to multiple reports, the Cubs have acquired Miguel Montero from the Arizona Diamondbacks for two minor league players. Montero has to pass a physical before the trade becomes official. The Cubs are sending RHP Jefferson Mejia and RHP Zack Godley to the Diamondbacks for Montero.
Miguel Montero is expected to be paired with Welington Castillo. The Cubs are taking on the remaining $40 million owed to the 31-year old catcher over the next three years.
The Cubs have not announced the trade but once the deal is official, the Cubs 40-man roster will stand at 39 players with the additions of Miguel Montero and Jason Hammel.
Miguel Montero batted .243/.329/.370 in 136 games last year with 23 doubles, 13 home runs and a .699 OPS. Montero faded in the second half and hit only .212/.303/.293 with nine doubles and two home runs in 51 games with a .596 OPS. Reports have suggested Montero ran out of gas and would be able to sustain the offensive production he put together before the break (.262/.344/.416 with 14 doubles, 11 home runs and .760 OPS) in the right situation.
Miguel Montero is owed $40 million over the next three years ($12 million in 2015; $14 million in 2016 and 2017). His contract does not include a no-trade clause.
Welington Castillo is arbitration eligible for the first time after making $530,000 last year. Castillo is looking at between a $2-2.3 million contract for 2015 after batting .237/.296/.389 with 19 doubles and 13 home runs in 110 games last season.
Castillo hit .301/.350/.505 against southpaws last year with four doubles, five home runs and a .855 OPS. For his career, Castillo has put together a .306/.373/.472 slash line against southpaws with a .845 OPS.
Miguel Montero, after working with Henry Blanco, was the best pitch framer in the game last season.
In 16 games at Wrigley Field over the course of his career, Miguel Montero is 17-for-52 with four doubles and a home run (.327/.426/.462).
RHP Jefferson Mejia was inked during the 2013-2014 International signing period for $850,000. The 20-year old spent last summer in the Arizona Rookie League and was 2-4 with a 2.48 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP. Mejia struck out 45 batters with 17 walks in 40 innings. Mejia has very good stuff with a fastball that sits in the 92-94 mph range.
The Cubs selected Zack Godley in the 10th round of the 2013 draft out of the University of Tennessee. Godley was 4-3 in 40 games all out of the pen between Low-A Kane County and High-A Daytona in 2014 with a 3.09 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP. Godley struck out 77 batters with 24 walks in 55 1/3 innings.