Chicago Cubs receiver Miguel Montero has two All-Star appearances, averaging 122 games in the past seven seasons and is one of the best behind the plate. However, last year he had little participation since the arrival of Willson Contreras to the big team, falling to 86 games, the lowest amount since 2010 (85).
The picture of Montero in 2017 does not seem to change. You will be in the reserve and do not feel worried about it. “I’m here to do my job, it’s as simple as that,” the Venezuelan told Carrie Muskat of MLB.com before the first training for pitchers and receivers.
Montero expressed some frustration at not playing regularly last season with the Cubs and manager Joe Maddon is aware, but said he does not feel the need to bring a personal discussion to this issue.
Nor is there an enmity between Montero and Contreras, both Venezuelans. “Willson has a lot of talent,” said the 33-year-old. “He can be one of the best receivers of the Major Leagues.”
To continue the offensive development of Willson Contreras and confine the bank to his compatriot, Miguel Montero could well take a different turn and want more playing time in another team.