Toronto Blue Jays acquire catcher Miguel Montero from the Chicago Cubs

SAN DIEGO, CA - MAY 30: Miguel Montero
SAN DIEGO, CA - MAY 30: Miguel Montero /

After being designated for assignment following his off the field issues with the Chicago Cubs, Miguel Montero has found a new home with the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Toronto Blue Jays have acquired former Chicago Cubs catcher Miguel Montero for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Montero comes to the team after some controversial comments made in his last game in Chicago. The 33-year old called out his ace Jake Arrieta for pitching too slow in an effort to prevent stolen bases from opposing players.

However, Montero is currently one for 31 in attempts to prevent a stolen base so far this season.

Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins stated in a phone interview with Sportsnet how the acquisition of Montero would provide depth at the catching position and is excited to bring him to the organization.

The signing has been met with mixed responses from Blue Jays fans with some being happy with the addition on offence, while some left wondering why would the team make the sudden move with the current state of the 2017 season.

Despite his comments, Montero does bring some offence to the team, currently slashing .286/.366/.439. A much reliable upgrade from Luke Maile, who currently is slashing .115/.149/.336 with, more notably, an OPS of -12.

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Montero also provides a left handed bat that is needed in a heavy right handed line up. What’s more unique about the signing is what could happen to catcher Russell Martin.

Martin is known to play at times in the infield which included second and third base. Not only has the catching depth improved, but also the infield depth.

Martin can relieve infielders Darwin Barney and Ryan Goins and can alternate the second base position as the Blue Jays wait for Devon Travis (that’s if he were to return). With continuous and reliable bats coming off the bench, the Blue Jays have flexibility in their lineup depending on the game situation.

As for Luke Maile, the possibilities of him return to Buffalo are high as the team will continue to look to develop the young catcher.

The Blue Jays are headed to Wrigley Field to take on the Cubs for a three game weekend series mid August.

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