The Blue Jays have announced that they have acquired Miguel Montero from the Cubs for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
Montero was designated for assignment last week after he publicly criticized teammate Jake Arrieta for his alleged inability to hold baserunners. That made him toxic in the Cubs clubhouse, but for basically nothing — the Cubs will pick up most of the remaining money on his contract — the Jays will take a backup catcher who can still hit a little.
The Cleveland Indians have released Mike Napoli.
This is not terribly surprising as he was seen as a depth move to begin with. Injury insurance for Yonder Alonso at first base and Edwin Encarnacion at DH, neither of whom are injured at the moment. Napoli was on a minor league contract and the Indians made it clear that, if he can’t find a major league job elsewhere, he’s welcome to come back and cool his heels in Columbus in the event he’s needed later.
Which may be what happens if he wants to keep playing because, after a season in which he hit .193/.285/.428, and a spring in which he hit .218/.310/.431, there aren’t likely to be a ton of takers.