Strug­gling Blue Jays ac­quire Mon­tero from Cubs

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS -

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.

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