Briefs Jays ac­quire Mon­tero from Cubs

The Western Star - - 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 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.

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