Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

MLB Notes: Cubs Trade for Montero

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

MLB Notes: Cubs Trade for Montero

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All-Star catcher Miguel Montero has been traded from Arizona to the Chicago Cubs in a deal that relieves the Diamondbacks of having to pay $40 million over the next three years.

Arizona receives minor league righthanders Jeferson Mejia and Zack Godley in Tuesday's swap.

The 31-year-old Montero, an All-Star in 2011 and '14, hit .282 this year with 18 homers and 86 RBIs. He is owed $12 million next season and $14 million in each of the final two years of a $60 million, five-year contract.

Montero tweeted soon after the trade: "Excited for the next chapter in my career with a team with so much history and a bright future. See you soon Windy City!"

Mejia, 20, was 2-4 with a 2.48 ERA in two starts and 10 relief appearances this year for rookie level Mesa. The 24-year-old Godley was 4-3 with a 3.09 ERA and 15 saves in 40 games for Kane County and Daytona, both Class A teams.

The lefty-swinging Montero could share time with Welington Castro, who batted .237 with a career-high 13 homers this season but hit only .216 against righthanded pitchers.

"It really gives us a solid presence in the catching position," new Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. "It's a tremendous new addition a first step building into this winter. ... Really excited about." (AP)

Giants out of Lester talks * Jon Lester has taken his time while choosing his next team, but the end came quickly for the Giants on Tuesday night.

"We did not receive a rose," assistant general manager Bobby Evans said at the winter meetings in San Diego.

Lester, the star lefthander who has held up the entire pitching market, called the Giants' decision makers to inform them that he would not be coming to San Francisco. He is expected to choose between the Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs, a path that became clear to the Giants earlier in the day as talks reached the finish line.

In talking with Lester's representatives, Evans got the impression that the 30-year-old was feeling the pull from two clubs closer to his heart. Lester was drafted by the Red Sox and spent his whole career in Boston before a midseason trade to the A's. The Cubs are run by former Red Sox executives Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer. …

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