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It’s not quite the big splash Cubs fans are hoping for, but getting Miguel Montero is another sign the franchise is serious about competing in 2015.
The Cubs finalized a trade for Montero on Tuesday, sending two minor-league pitchers to the Arizona Diamondbacks and taking on the three years and $40 million left on the All-Star catcher’s contract.
Montero checks a lot of boxes for the Cubs as a strong clubhouse presence, a left-handed bat and a good pitch-framer. Now 31 years old, he had spent his entire career in the Diamondbacks organization after signing as an amateur free agent out of Venezuela.
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