The Chicago Cubs have been looking to upgrade their catcher position all offseason, and on Tuesday they were able to make it happen as they acquired Miguel Montero, 31, in a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today was the first to report the trade as done, with Bruce Levine of 670 the Score and Carrie Muskat of Cubs.com also confirming that the veteran catcher was headed to the north side.
According to Levine, the Cubs will send minor league pitchers Jefferson Mejia and Zach Godley to Arizona in exchange for Montero.
Montero, who still has three years remaining on a contract that will pay him $40 million, is one of the best defensive catchers in baseball and has developed a reputation as a great veteran presence in the clubhouse. His plate performance has sagged a bit in recent years, and in 2014 he hit 13 home runs and drove in 72 RBI as he made the All-Star Game for the Diamondbacks.
The Cubs originally were looking to acquire free agent catcher Russell Martin earlier this offseason, but they ended up finishing just short as the Toronto Blue Jays signed him to a lucrative contract. Montero has been shopped all through the offseason, with one rumor having the Los Angeles Dodgers shipping Andre Ethier to Arizona for his services.