Cubs send Miguel Montero to the Blue Jays

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Montero was designated for assignment last week after criticizing pitcher Jake Arrieta and allowing seven stolen bases in a game.

Montero was designated for assignment last week after a spat with the team.

Montero subsequently apologized, but Theo Epstein had already made up his mind that the comments were enough to send Montero packing.

The Blue Jays made a somewhat unexpected move on Monday morning, acquiring Miguel Montero from the Chicago Cubs.

The Toronto Blue Jays have announced the acquisition of catcher Miguel Montero and cash considerations from the Cubs in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

If the Jays are to rebound in the second half, it will be because of the returning arm of Aaron Sanchez, combined with the continuing excellent work by Marcus Stroman and J.A. Happ and rebounds from Marco Estrada and Francisco Liriano.

The catcher is a career.260 hitter, with 124 home runs and 542 RBI, in 12 seasons. Base stealers are 90-8 over the past two seasons with Montero behind the plate. That he bats left-handed is an added bonus. As you can imagine, that didn't sit well with the team, which is why he's now in a new uniform.

What was the cause of the Cubs vs. Montero rift? Competitors are clearly catching up to the defending champs, with the Washington Nationals, Los Angeles Dodgers, Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies all on pace to win between 93 and 100-plus games. I was a little disappointed, to be honest, because I felt like I did a good job in the regular season but was left out a little bit.

While the rest of the big-league players scatter to vacation destinations, the most interesting Cub involved in the All-Star festivities might be Class-A outfielder Eloy Jimenez, who got invited to the Futures Game. "I know what it was about and there was a lot of honesty there".

"I love Miggy", Arrieta told reporters Wednesday. So far, he's thrown out one of 32 runners attempting to steal base. "It's just different, man. Last year, it was just a different vibe, a different start".

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