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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%: 71/55 | Average Draft Position: 173.61
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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."


File Miguel Montero's name away for 2015


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/23/2014) Carlos Corporan, Andrew Susac, Roberto Perez, Curt Casali, David Ross. This is not exactly a who's-who of Fantasy catchers, but they are just some of the ones who have scored more runs than Miguel Montero has since July 1. Thanks to both a lack of opportunities and a severe reduction in power, Montero has scored all of nine runs over the course of his last 57 games played.

Though the Diamondbacks' catcher has done little to help owners of late, his sluggish performance could actually work to your benefit on draft day next season. There have been some positives to Montero's season, which I reviewed in detail in a recent Fantasy Baseball Today blog post, but those could be forgotten by many owners five or six months from now (if not already).

Montero still has the potential to be a good power and run producer, particularly for a catcher, and while you probably don't need to protect him in keeper leagues, he could be an inexpensive pickup in next season's drafts and auctions. As you assemble a list of potential sleepers to target in 2015, be sure to keep Montero's name handy.


Miguel Montero taking seat against Dodgers ace


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) A matchup against stud left-hander Clayton Kershaw has Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero out of the lineup Wednesday night.

Montero is 6 for 29 in his career against Kershaw and 19 for 91 against lefties this season.


Miguel Montero keys Friday defeat of Padres


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2014) Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero crossed the plate for the first time in two weeks Friday night against San Diego. And he was able to step on it leisurely.

Montero slammed a two-run homer in the first inning and added a double and run to key the victory. He now owns a stat line on the season of .260/.345/.410.


Miguel Montero benched Saturday against lefty


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/9/2014) Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero has been given the night off Saturday against Colorado left-hander Jorge De La Rosa. Tuffy Gosewisch is set to start instead.

Montero is 2 for 14 lifetime against De La Rosa and just 18 for 86 against southpaws this season.


Miguel Montero homers, draws three walks Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/9/2014) Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero went 1 for 1 with three walks and a three-run home run in his team's 5-3 win over the Rockies Friday.

Montero blasted his first home run since June 28 in the bottom of the first inning to give his team a lead they would not relinquish. He has hit .262/.348/.410 with 12 home runs and 62 RBI in 366 at-bats.


Arizona might not be active at trade deadline


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2014) It seems unlikely the Diamondbacks will trade shortstop Chris Owings, outfielder A.J. Pollock, catcher Miguel Montero and pitcher Wade Miley by the July 31 trade deadline, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Miley is drawing substantial interest, but general manager Kevin Towers said trading the left-handed starter "doesn't make a whole lot of sense since we're trying to acquire starting pitchers."

Officials with other teams also told Heyman that the Diamondbacks don't seem eager to trade veteran Martin Prado or reliever Brad Ziegler. One general manager interested in trading for Prado believes the Diamondbacks won't deal him because of his leadership and work ethic.


Miguel Montero makes All-Star team as replacement


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/15/2014) Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero was named to the National League All-Star team as a replacement to the injured Yadier Molina.

Montero will play in his second All-Star Game after hitting .262/.344/.416 with 11 home runs and 52 RBI in 305 at-bats. He has rebounded nicely after posting a .230/.318/.344 line with 11 home runs and 42 RBI in 413 at-bats last season.


Miguel Montero's homer wins it


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/29/2014) Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero won the game Saturday, with his two-run home run in the sixth inning against the Padres.

Montero went 1 for 4 in the game, but his only hit was a big one. He broke a 1-1 tie with the home run, his 11th of the season. Montero ranks ninth in the National League with 46 RBI in 75 games, while hitting .265/.347/.433 in 268 at-bats. 


Miguel Montero swats ninth inning home run vs. Dodgers


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2014) Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero led his team to victory with a two-run home run Sunday afternoon against the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

Montero took reliever Chris Perez deep for the home run to pad the lead in the ninth. He finished 2 for 4 with two runs scored and two RBI in a 6-3 victory. He owns a .273/.362/.449 with 10 homers and 39 RBI in 227 at-bats.

Miguel Montero hits eighth home run Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/8/2014) Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero hit his eighth home run Saturday against the Braves.

Montero only had one hit, but made it count. With his team down a run in the bottom of the 10th inning, Montero tied the game with one swing of the bat. He hit a 92 mph fastball out to left for the solo shot. The Diamondbacks would go on to win the game in the next inning.

Montero finished 1 for 5, with one run scored and one RBI. 


Miguel Montero homers, drives in six runs in win Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/5/2014) Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero went 3 for 4 with a home run and six RBI in his team's 16-8 win over the Rockies Wednesday.

Each of the Diamondbacks' first five hitters collected three hits, helping to fuel Montero's big night driving in runners from the fifth spot. He has hit .267/.362/.408 with six home runs and 33 RBI in 191 at-bats.


Miguel Montero parks two-run homer in win


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2014) Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero hit a two-run homer during a 5-1 win Sunday against the White Sox. He finished 2 for 2 with two walks and one hit by pitch.

Montero is batting .316 (18 for 57) with three doubles, three home runs, eight runs, eight walks and 11 RBI in his last 16 games (15 starts).


Miguel Montero sitting Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2014) Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero was not in the team's starting lineup Sunday. 

Montero will receive a normal day off. Tuffy Gosewisch will start behind the plate. Through 105 at-bats, Montero is hitting .286.