The Chicago Cubs have designated catcher Miguel Montero for assignment, according to multiple reports. This comes just hours after the backup blamed the Nationals’ seven stolen bases in four innings on Jake Arrieta’s inability to control the running game.
“The reason why they were running left and right today because they know he was slow to the plate,” Montero said. “It really sucked because the stolen bases go to me, and when you really look at it, the pitcher doesn’t give me any time.”
Throwing a teammate under the bus is always a bad idea. This morning, we got the indication it was a very bad idea based on clubhouse leader Anthony Rizzo’s radio hit.
That catcher would be Willson Contreras, who, unlike Montero, has managed to throw a runner out on a steal attempt this year. Montero is 0-for-31. He has been okay at the plate, posting a .805 OPS in 44 games, making him an attractive option for a catching-needy suitor.