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.
Nationals have signed catcher Miguel Montero to minor league deal with invitation to MLB spring training. He’ll compete for backup job.— Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) February 1, 2018
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.