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Miguel Montero | Catcher | #47

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (34) / 7/9/1983
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 210
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2001 / UDFA / ARZ
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Nationals signed C Miguel Montero to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Montero has struggled both offensively and defensively over the last two seasons, but the 34-year-old will have a decent shot at claiming the Nationals' backup catcher job behind Matt Wieters. And with Washington looking to get Wieters more rest in 2018, Montero could find semi-regular playing time in that role. He batted .216/.310/.346 in 76 games last year between the Cubs and Blue Jays. Pedro Severino will be Montero's primary competition this spring. Feb 1 - 2:21 PM

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Blue Jays activated C Miguel Montero from the 10-day disabled list.

He only needed one rehab game to shake off the rust, going 0-for-3 in his lone game at Triple-A Buffalo. Montero should get most of the starts behind the plate until Russell Martin returns from a strained oblique. The Jays designated Michael Ohlman for assignment in the corresponding move.
Wed, Aug 16, 2017 05:06:00 PM

Miguel Montero (groin) has been cleared for a minor league rehab assignment after running the bases on Monday.

Montero will now head to Triple-A Buffalo for a brief minor league rehab assignment. The veteran backtsop has been sidelined since early August with a groin strain.
Mon, Aug 14, 2017 04:00:00 PM

Miguel Montero (groin) took part in batting practice on Wednesday.

Montero initially suffered a groin strain last Wednesday and was subsequently placed on the 10-day disabled list. He is progressing well in his rehab -- he will next test the injury by running -- and is not expected to miss much more than the minimum on the disabled list.
Wed, Aug 9, 2017 04:45:00 PM

Blue Jays placed C Miguel Montero on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to August 3, with a strained groin.

Montero was injured during Wednesday's game. Raffy Lopez is up to serve as Russell Martin's backup.
Fri, Aug 4, 2017 04:56:00 PM

Miguel Montero left Wednesday's game against the White Sox due to a strained groin.

Montero was replaced behind the plate by Russell Martin in the seventh inning after suffering the groin strain. He will be reevaluated on Thursday and should be considered day-to-day for the time being.
Wed, Aug 2, 2017 05:06:00 PM

Miguel Montero was lifted from Wednesday's game against the White Sox with an apparent injury.

Russell Martin replaced Montero behind the plate after he exited stage left in the seventh inning. The Blue Jays figure to pass along a more specific update on the injury concern in the coming hours.
Wed, Aug 2, 2017 04:28:00 PM

Miguel Montero slugged his fifth homer Saturday in Toronto’s 6-5 loss to the Angels.

Montero broke a 3-3 tie in the sixth by launching a two-run shot off rookie Troy Scribner. That was Montero’s only hit of the afternoon, though he also scored on a fifth-inning sac fly after working a leadoff walk. Montero has hit only .100 (3-for-30) since his trade from the Cubs earlier this month.
Sat, Jul 29, 2017 05:46:00 PM

Blue Jays acquired C Miguel Montero and cash considerations from the Cubs for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Cubs are expected to pick up the majority of Montero's remaining contract. Montero was designated for assignment last week after he publicly criticized Jake Arrieta and the Cubs' pitching staff for their inability to hold baserunners. That's a big no-no to do to a teammate, but the Blue Jays are willing to add him as Russell Martin's backup.
Mon, Jul 3, 2017 10:03:00 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Blue Jays are among the teams with interest in Miguel Montero.

Montero was designated for assignment by the Cubs following a rant about Jake Arrieta not being able to hold runners on. It's possible Chicago could work out a trade of the catcher before having to release him, but either way they're going to have to pick up nearly all of what remains of his $14 million salary. Montero would be a backup to Russell Martin in Toronto.
Wed, Jun 28, 2017 03:53:00 PM

Cubs designated C Miguel Montero for assignment.

Montero drew headlines after Tuesday's game when he threw Jake Arrieta under the bus following the team allowing seven stolen bases to the Nationals. He's 1-for-32 in trying to catch attempted base stealers this season but is also hitting .286/.366/.439 with four home runs, so some team will scoop up Montero after he clears waivers. Victor Caratini has been called up to replace Montero on the roster.
Wed, Jun 28, 2017 12:28:00 PM

Miguel Montero reached base three times Sunday in the Cubs’ 4-2 loss to Miami.

He was the only Cub with more than one hit, singling twice while also drawing a walk. Montero has played sparingly but has made the most of his opportunities this year, slashing .292/.373/.448 over 96 at-bats.
Sun, Jun 25, 2017 07:25:00 PM

Miguel Montero had one of the team's three hits in Saturday's game at L.A. Dodgers.

It wasn't all good, as he did strike out once. When Willson Contreras needs a rest the Cubs do not lose anything by using the veteran Montero behind the dish. He has hit safely in each of his past three appearances and is slashing .328/.362/.500 across 64 at-bats.
Sun, May 28, 2017 12:56:00 AM

Miguel Montero walked two but didn't allow a run in an inning of relief during Saturday's blowout loss to the Yankees.

Montero was the best pitcher the Cubs used Saturday, as the other three allowed a combined 11 runs and 14 hits. The 33-year-old backstop is now one of the best relief options in the Cubs' bullpen, in fact. Manager Joe Maddon will likely opt to keep him as the team's backup catcher instead.
Sat, May 6, 2017 11:17:00 PM

Miguel Montero said that he is not concerned about decreased at-bats due to the presence of fellow backstop Willson Contreras.

"I'm here to do my job, it's as simple as that. Whatever it is, I'm here to do my job," Montero said. Contreras was called up from the minors midseason a year ago and is expected to see the majority of starting at-bats this coming season. Manager Joe Maddon did not seem particularly concerned about Montero's mindset potentially turning negative due to the decreased playing time, saying, "Miggy' is fine and I think he's a very strong contributor. It's just that his role is going to shift right now, theoretically, in the beginning, but you never know."
Source: MLB.com
Wed, Feb 15, 2017 04:08:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Matt Wieters
2Miguel Montero
3Pedro Severino
4Raudy Read
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Matt Adams
2B1Daniel Murphy
2Wilmer Difo
SS1Trea Turner
2Adrian Sanchez
3B1Anthony Rendon
2Matt Reynolds
3Reid Brignac
4Kelvin Gutierrez
LF1Adam Eaton
2Ryan Raburn
CF1Michael Taylor
2Brian Goodwin
3Victor Robles
4Andrew Stevenson
RF1Bryce Harper
2Rafael Bautista
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Max Scherzer
2Stephen Strasburg
3Tanner Roark
4Gio Gonzalez
5A.J. Cole
6Erick Fedde
7Jefry Rodriguez
8Joe Ross
9Edwin Jackson
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Sean Doolittle
2Ryan Madson
3Brandon Kintzler
4Koda Glover
5Shawn Kelley
6Enny Romero
7Joaquin Benoit
8Matt Grace
9Sammy Solis
10Austin Adams
11Wander Suero
12David Goforth
13Tim Collins
14Bryan Harper