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47 Miguel Montero C
Height/Weight: 5-11/210 | Birthdate: 7/9/1983 | Birthplace: Caracas, Venezuela | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: Chicago | College: No College | MLB Experience: 10 | Salary: $10,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 79/65 | Average Draft Position: 173.60
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Cubs catcher Miguel Montero out of the starting lineup on Wednesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) Cubs catcher Miguel Montero is out of the starting lineup on Wednesday against the Nationals, the team announced.

David Ross will draw his second start in the last three games and bat seventh in Montero's place. It will be Montero's third day off in the last six games. He is hitting .267 with 16 RBI in 105 at-bats this season.


Cubs' Miguel Montero out, David Ross in Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2015) Cubs catcher David Ross is starting over Miguel Montero in Monday's matchup with the Nationals.

Ross typically receives his starts on the days that Jon Lester pitches, but he'll be behind the plate on Monday to catch Tsuyoshi Wada. He has hit .182/.341/.303 in 33 at-bats.

The Cubs are home underdogs (+105) against the Nationals on Monday, per VegasInsider.com.


Cubs catcher Miguel Montero blasts fifth home run of the year


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Cubs catcher Miguel Montero went 1 for 4 at the plate in Chicago's 4-3 loss to the Diamondbacks on Sunday. Montero did his damage in the second when he connected for a solo home run off of Jeremy Hellickson, his fifth of the season.

Montero is now hitting .267 with 16 RBI in 101 at-bats this season.


Cubs' Miguel Montero batting fifth Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2015) Cubs catcher Miguel Montero is in the starting lineup Sunday, batting fifth in his team's matchup with the Pirates.

Montero is making his first start behind the plate since Wednesday, as the team has used Wellington Castillo twice and David Ross once over the last three days. Montero has been an offensive force, hitting .312/.427/.506 with four home runs and 15 RBI in 77 at-bats.

The Cubs are favorites (-130) at home Sunday, per VegasInsider.com.


Cubs C Welington Castillo gets another start on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/15/2015) Cubs catcher Welington Castillo is in the starting lineup for Friday's matinee against the Pirates. This will be Castillo's first back-to-back starts this season. Castillo started Thursday's game against the Mets and went hitless in three at-bats.

With the Cubs facing a left-hander for the second day in a row, manager Joe Maddon opted to keep Miguel Montero on the bench, despite the fact that Montero is 3 for 8 against lefties this season.

David Ross, who pinch-hit and stayed in to catch on Thursday, left the game with abdominal tightness, and likely isn't available for Friday's game.


Cubs catcher Miguel Montero back in the lineup on Tuesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2015) Cubs catcher Miguel Montero is back in the starting lineup on Tuesday against the Mets, the team announced.

Montero got the day off on Monday with David Ross drawing the start behind the plate. Montero is hitting .299 with four home runs and 14 RBI in 67 at-bats this season. 

The Cubs are currently the favorites (-140) against New York.


Miguel Montero smacks home run in Cubs' defeat on Sunday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/10/2015) Cubs catcher Miguel Montero knocked his third home run of the season Sunday, a solo shot off the Brewers' Matt Garza. 

The RBI was Montero's first since a three-RBI performance May 4.


Cubs C Miguel Montero set to bat cleanup Thursday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2015) Cubs catcher Miguel Montero will take his six-game hitting streak into St. Louis on Thursday, but he will do it from an unexpected lineup spot. He is set to bat cleanup for the third time this year and first since April 15.

Montero is 11-for-23 during his streak as he's raised his average from .176 to .298.


Riding six-game hit streak, Cubs C Miguel Montero sits Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/5/2015) Cubs catcher Miguel Montero, who had started three straight behind the dish, was given the night off on Tuesday against the Cardinals. Montero has been heating up lately, as he is riding a six-game hitting streak heading into Tuesday's game. But manager Joe Maddon will opt to give him a rest with left-hander Tyler Lyons on the mound for St. Louis.

Welington Castillo , who hasn't played since April 28, was starting behind the dish on Tuesday.


Cubs C Miguel Montero drives home three runs in loss


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2015) Cubs catcher Miguel Montero totaled three RBI in Monday evening's 10-9 loss against the Cardinals. 

Montero hit a two-run single in the first inning and followed that with an RBI double in the fourth. Montero has now recorded a hit in six consecutive games and has recorded multiple hits in four of those. 

Montero finished the day 2 for 4, scored a run and also drew a walk. 

He now holds a slash line of .298/.373/.491. 


Cubs' Montero sees average rise more than 100 points amid hot streak


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2015) Cubs catcher Miguel Montero appears to be getting on track offensively after a sluggish start to the season. Montero enters play Monday against the Cardinals with a five-game hitting streak. He hit safely just five times in his first 14 games.

Montero is batting .474 (9 for 19) with one home run, three RBI, three runs, one walk and four strikeouts during his hitting streak. His batting average has risen from .176 to .283 in that span.

Right-hander Carlos Martinez will be on the mound Monday for St. Louis. Montero is batting .283 with one double, three home runs and 10 RBI in 18 games against right-handed starters in 2015.


Cubs' Miguel Montero homers, drives in two runs in win Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Cubs catcher Miguel Montero went 2 for 4 with a home run and two RBI in his team's 5-2 win over the Reds Sunday.

Montero kicked off the day's scoring with a solo home run in the second inning, then pushed his team's lead to 2-0 with an RBI single in the fourth. He scored a run later in the inning on a three-run double by rookie Addison Russell.

Montero has endured spotty playing time with the Cubs carrying three catchers, but he's managed to deliver a .211/.304/.474 line with three home runs and nine RBI in 38 at-bats.


Cubs start Miguel Montero at catcher Saturday vs. Reds


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2015) Cubs catcher Miguel Montero returned to the starting lineup on Saturday at Cincinnati, after David Ross handled catching duties Friday night with Jon Lester on the mound, reports the Chicago Tribune.

Montero is hitting .176 with two homers and seven RBI over 42 at-bats this season. He is 0 for 2 with a walk in his career against Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani.


Third-string catcher David Ross gets start for Cubs


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) Cubs third-string catcher David Ross got a rare start in Friday's game at Cincinnati. Ross was listed seventh in the order, getting just his fourth start of the season, matching the total of Welington Castillo. Miguel Montero has eight starts behind the plate. 

The Cubs are -110 money line favorites at Cincinnati. 


Cubs catcher Miguel Montero back in the lineup Wednesdsay


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) Cubs catcher Miguel Montero is back in the starting lineup Wednesday against the Pirates, the team announced. 

Montero, who has split time with Welington Castillo behind the plate, will make his eighth start and is hitting .172 with two home runs and six RBI in 29 at-bats. The Cubs are currently the underdogs (+103) against Pittsburgh, according to VegasInsider.com.


Cubs C Miguel Montero breaks loose with two-homer game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) Cubs catcher Miguel Montero had not been making a case early this season for daily duty. That is, until Saturday.

Montero, who has only been a semi-regular this season, slammed his first two home runs of the year in a victory over San Diego. He launched one off starter Tyson Ross in the sixth and another the following inning off Chris Rearick to raise his average from .105 to .174.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon expressed his appreciation for Montero following the game - and not just for what he did on the field against the Padres.

"Miggy is always, always into the game, always," Maddon told ESPN. "I give him credit. He's a (31 year old), but this guy loves to play baseball. don't be misconceived, some guys arent always like that even if they are in the major leagues and have been baseball players. Not everyboy likes to play the game like he does. He has a true passion for it and I really appreciate that."

His first blast would have been the game-winner had the Padres not scored four in the ninth.


Cubs' Miguel Montero batting cleanup Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2015) Cubs catcher Miguel Montero has been moved to the cleanup spot in Saturday's lineup against the Rockies.

Montero has seen just one start this season and didn't play at all Friday. After batting sixth while making his first appearance in the starting lineup Wednesday, he's been bumped up for Saturday's game. Montero is 0 for 4 with one RBI this season.

The Cubs are underdogs (-102) against the Rockies Saturday.


Cubs may keep Miguel Montero, David Ross and Welington Castillo


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) Cubs general manager Theo Epstein is considering breaking camp with three catchers on the roster. 

Epstein said that the team is "leaning toward" keeping Miguel Montero, David Ross and Welington Castillo, per ESPN's Jesse Rogers. He added that manager Joe Maddon is "pounding the table for three catchers." 


Hammel racks up nine Ks in strong start


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(3/22/2015) Cubs starter Jason Hammel was dominant Sunday against the Padres, striking out nine batters in five innings of work in what would be an eventual 6-1 win for the Padres.

Hammel allowed just three hits and no runs to lower his spring ERA to 3.86, crediting his work with catcher Miguel Montero for part of his success. 

"Montero and I are starting to develop a little bit of a rhythm so that's nice," Hammel told ESPN.com.

Hammel said his goal for this season is to throw 200 innings, something he has yet to do in his career. 

"That's always my main goal," he said. "If you pitch 200 innings, as you can see with the big dogs in the league, everything else falls in line. You can't pitch 200 innings with a 5.00 era. That's a No. 1 goal."


Miguel Montero trying to become workhorse with Cubs in 2015


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/28/2015) New Cubs catcher Miguel Montero played the third most games behind the plate of all catchers in 2014 and he's not asking for any extra time off heading into 2015, reports MLB.com.

"I think the results of how you're playing as a team will dictate how you feel," Montero said. "You go to the playoffs, you're never tired. Your adrenaline goes so fast. You don't have time to think about, 'Oh, I've been catching 140 games.' Your mindset is, 'Let's go.'"

Manager Joe Maddon loves what he's seen from Montero, but knows expecting 162 games out of him is just too much.

"It won't be 162," Maddon said, "but we'll talk and try to figure out a nice little program to keep him on top of his game and provide that opportunity for other guys to play, too."


Cubs acquire catcher Miguel Montero from D-Backs


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/9/2014) The Cubs and Diamondbacks have agreed to a trade that will send catcher Miguel Montero to Chicago in exchange for two lower-level pitching prospects Jefferson Mejia and Zach Godley, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports.

USA Today MLB columnist Bob Nightengale first reported the deal. Bruce Levine of WSCR-AM also confirmed the report.

Montero has three years left on a six-year, $65.9 million contract. He is owed $12 million in 2015 and $14 million the following two seasons. He hit .243 with 13 homers and 72 RBI last season.


Report: Cubs on verge of acquiring D-Backs catcher Miguel Montero


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/9/2014) The Cubs are on the verge of acquiring Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero, according to USA Today MLB columnist Bob Nightengale. The Diamondbacks are expected to receive prospects in return and the deal is expected to be announced Tuesday.

CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports the Diamondbacks would receive lower-level pitching prospects in the deal.

Montero has three years left on a six-year, $65.9 million contract. He is owed $12 million in 2015 and $14 million the following two seasons.


Report: Cubs, Diamondbacks talking about Miguel Montero deal


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(12/8/2014) The Cubs are working on a deal to acquire Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero, reports Fox Sports. Montero, who's owed $40 million over the next three years, batted .243 with 13 homers and 72 RBI last season.

The report did not specify what the Cubs would give up.


Report: Ethier deal between Dodgers, Diamondbacks falls through


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/6/2014) A trade that would have sent Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier to the Diamondbacks fell through when Arizona's ownership declined to give final approval on the deal, FOXSports.com reports.

The proposed trade involved Ethier and catcher Tim Federowicz heading to the Diamondbacks in exchange for catcher Miguel Montero and lower-level prospects. The Dodgers were also reportedly ready to kick in cash in the deal to help offset Ethier's contract. They'll instead continue to shop around for the right deal to help clear a logjam in the outfield.


Diamondbacks GM has fielded trade offers for Miguel Montero


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/5/2014) It appears the Diamondbacks are not opposed to trading catcher Miguel Montero, according to The Arizona Republic.

"They've definitely put him out there," a source with a rival club said.

New Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart didn't deny listening to offers when asked about the subject over the weekend. FOX Sports was first to report Montero as being a potential trade candidate.

"With Montero, like any of our players, people have called and asked about him," Stewart said Sunday. "My job organizationally is to listen to what teams are talking about in regard to our players. If there is a deal that makes us better, then we have to, as a team, listen to it and see how it makes us better and if it makes us better."

It seems the Diamondbacks are looking to acquire a starting pitcher in a trade involving Montero.

"Any move that we make has to better our rotation," he said. "But what has to be understood is that everybody is looking for pitching and nobody wants to give it up."