Struggling Blue Jays acquire Montero from Cubs
TORONTO — The Toronto Blue Jays acquired catcher Miguel Montero and cash considerations from the Chicago Cubs on Monday in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
Montero has a .286 average with four homers and eight RBIs in 44 games this season. He was designated for assignment last Wednesday after he blamed pitcher Jake Arrieta for allowing seven stolen bases in a 6-1 loss to the Washington Nationals on Tuesday.
The 33-year-old Venezuelan has played in 1,149 big-league games since making his debut with Arizona in 2006. Montero spent parts of nine seasons with the Diamondbacks and was in his third season with the Cubs.
Montero’s time in Chicago will be remembered for a huge hit in Game 7 of the World Series that helped end the Cubs’ famous championship drought last fall. But tensions had been simmering since spring training over his role.