Cubs, Diamondbacks discussing Miguel Montero trade

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Jon Morosi and Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports report that the Cubs and Diamondbacks are discussing a trade that would send catcher Miguel Montero to Chicago. Rosenthal says the two teams have been talking about this possibility for weeks and a “deal appears to be getting closer” — with the Diamondbacks getting pitching prospects in return.

Montero was a National League All-Star in 2011 and signed a big five-year, $60 million contract extension with Arizona in May 2012, but he has registered a disappointing .237/.324/.358 batting line in 1,035 plate appearances over the past two seasons.

The Diamondbacks don’t have an obvious replacement for Montero in the majors or minors, but it’s pretty clear that new chief baseball officer Tony La Russa doesn’t view the 31-year-old as his preferred long-term catcher.