Sources are telling Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal that the Chicago Cubs and the Arizona Diamondbacks are discussing a deal that would send catcher, Miguel Montero the North Side. Rosenthal said that Arizona would receive pitching prospects, and that the deal appears to be “getting closer.” This comes as the Cubs are desperately trying to find a catcher after striking out in the Russell Martin sweepstakes. Some have made the connection between finding a quality catcher, and signing a top of the line pitcher, such as Jon Lester or James Shields.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 9, 2014
Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports later added that Arizona’s return wouldn’t be sizable, but it would offer salary relief. Montero, 31, is a career .264 hitter with a .342 OBP. The Diamondbacks recently nixed a trade that would send Montero to Los Angeles for outfielder, Andre Ethier.
Montero is owed $40 million over the next three years, and will become a free agent after the 2017 season. While no deal appears imminent, it is certainly a situation to watch as the Winter Meetings progress.