​The Washington Nationals have signed former Chicago Cubs catcher and two-time All-Star Miguel Montero to a minor league deal with an invite to MLB spring training.


He'll compete for the backup catching job with Pedro Severino, and hopefully won't cause as much ​controversy ​throwing out base runners this time around.

Montero appeared in 76 games last season between the Chicago Cubs and Toronto Blue Jays, and he slashed .216/.310/.346 with six home runs and 16 RBI.

​​While his offense and defense has declined over the last couple of seasons, Montero has a good chance of winning the backup catching duties behind starter Matt Wieters.


Wieters is coming off a season where he posted a career-worst .632 OPS over 123 games, making it likely that Montero would get more regular playing time if he wins the job out of Spring Training.