Advertisement

Cubs trade for Royals catcher Martin Maldonado

By
Alex Butler
Kansas City Royals catcher Martin Maldonado (R) will provide depth for the Chicago Cubs while starting catcher Willson Contreras is on the injured list. File Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI
Kansas City Royals catcher Martin Maldonado (R) will provide depth for the Chicago Cubs while starting catcher Willson Contreras is on the injured list. File Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI | License Photo

July 16 (UPI) -- The Chicago Cubs have acquired former Kansas City Royals catcher Martin Maldonado in exchange for left-handed pitcher Mike Montgomery.

Chicago and Kansas City announced the trade late Monday. Maldonado, 32, is a career .220 hitter with 57 home runs. The nine-year veteran is joining his fifth team since 2016.

Advertisement

Montgomery, 30, provided the final out for the Cubs' 2016 World Series winning team. He has a 3.72 ERA and 56-41 record in 167 games. He was initially selected by the Royals as the No. 36 overall pick in the 2008 MLB June Amateur Draft.

"You threw the most important pitch in Cubs history and we will be forever grateful for what you helped bring the city of Chicago.Thank you to a true champion," the Cubs tweeted Monday.

RELATED Reds' Phillip Ervin records six hits in win over Rockies

The Cubs made the move after starting catcher Willson Contreras sustained a strained right foot. The Cubs placed Contreras on the 10-day injured list. He hasn't played since July 13.

Montgomery is expected to start for the Royals against the Cleveland Indians Friday in Cleveland.

Advertisement

"We started talking about this deal a couple days ago," Royals general manager Dayton Moore said, according to MLB.com. "[Montgomery] wants to start, and we can give him that opportunity.

RELATED Baltimore Orioles trade pitcher Andrew Cashner to Red Sox

"This was an opportunity to get him back to our organization. The money is pretty much a swap. But we'll have two years of club control [after this year]. It's just a good baseball deal."

The Royals host the Chicago White Sox at 8:15 p.m. EDT Tuesday at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. The Cubs host the Cincinnati Reds at 8:05 p.m. at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

RELATED Brewers sign former All-Star pitcher Shelby Miller to Minor League deal

Latest Headlines