Three weeks after watching Russell Martin leave them at the altar, the Chicago Cubs and Arizona Diamondbacks completed a trade that will send All-Star catcher Miguel Montero to the Windy City in exchange for minor league pitchers Jeferson Mejia and Zack Godfrey. The deal will become official once Montero passes a physical.
The 31-year-old Montero hit .243/.320/.399 with 13 home runs and 72 RBI in 2014, earning his second All-Star nomination. Though his 2013-2014 numbers pale in comparison to his 2011-2012 figures when he batted .284/.372/.454 with 33 homers, Montero is a solid consolation prize for the Cubs after they watched Martin spurn them for an $82 million deal with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Montero will earn $12 million in 2015, the third year of a five-year, $60 million extension he signed with Arizona back in 2012. Mejia, 20, posted a 2.48 ERA with 45 strikeouts in 40 innings for the Cubs' Rookie-level club in Arizona last season. Kane, 24, combined for a 3.09 ERA and 77 strikeouts in just 55 innings between Single-A Kane County and High-A Daytona in 2014.