Briefs 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 the day before. Chicago is paying Toronto US$6,446,710 in seven instalments through Oct. 6 as part of the trade, covering all but $515,039 of the $6,961,749 remaining of Montero’s $14-million salary this year. He is eligible for free agency after the World Series.
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.