Montero called himself "pretty much retired" Saturday as he transitioned from a career as a player to one as an agent, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.
Montero launched an agency with his brother-in-law which represents 17 clients, including one big leaguer, Gorkys Hernandez. Montero played in just four games for the Nationals in 2018, which appear now to have been the final four games in his 13-year career. The catcher will end his career with a .256/.340/.411 line, finishing with 973 hits and 126 home runs. He won a World Series with the Cubs in 2016 and made the All-Star Game in 2011 and 2014, both with the Diamondbacks.
Montero cleared waivers and was released by the Nationals on Friday, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports.
The Nationals opted to go with Matt Wieters and Pedro Severino behind the dish in the majors, leaving Montero without a spot on the roster. As such, he'll now test the open market, though his mediocre showing over the past two seasons will likely limit him to a minor-league deal.
Montero was designated for assignment by Washington on Wednesday, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.
With Matt Wieters (oblique) activated from the 10-day disabled list prior to Wednesday's game, the Nationals decided against keeping three catchers on the active roster and removed Montero from the 40-man. He had appeared in four games this season but failed to collect a hit in 11 at-bats. Montero will now be subjected to waivers.
Montero is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Braves.
Despite returning from the paternity list ahead of the contest, the Nationals will keep him on the bench Tuesday. Pedro Severino will log another start behind the dish in his stead.
Montero was activated from the paternity list Tuesday, Dan Kolko of MASN Sports reports.
As expected, the veteran backstop will make his return to the Nationals ahead of Tuesday's game with the Braves. His stay atop the depth chart will likely be brief, however, as Matt Wieters (oblique) is expected to return Wednesday. In a corresponding move, Jhonatan Solano (elbow) was placed on the disabled list.
Montero (personal) is expected to return to the team Tuesday, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports.
Montero was placed on the paternity list Saturday and is able to miss up to three games while attending to the birth of his child. Because Montero will be unavailable Monday against the Braves, expect Pedro Severino to receive another start behind the dish.
Montero was placed on the paternity list Saturday, Dan Kolko of MASN Sports reports.
He could miss up to three games while attending the birth of his child. Jhonatan Solano was promoted from Triple-A to provide short-term catching depth. Pedro Severino will start at catcher Saturday and should see the bulk of the work while Montero is away from the team.
Montero is out of Saturday's lineup against the Mets, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports.
He has started two of the last three games and came in off the bench in the game he didn't start. Montero is hitless in 11 at-bats this season. Pedro Severino is starting behind the dish and hitting eighth.
Montero is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Braves.
Since primary backstop Matt Wieters (oblique) made his last start Saturday before being placed on the disabled list, Montero and Pedro Severino have split the workload evenly behind the dish. Montero has a longer track record of offensive success in the big leagues, but the 34-year-old has seen his numbers tail off in recent years and is a liability on defense, particularly when it comes to throwing out basestealers. As a result, there's a good chance a timeshare will remain in place between Montero and Severino until Wieters is back in the fold.
Montero was officially added to the Nationals' major-league roster Tuesday, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.
Montero had been informed Saturday that he'd made the team as a backup catcher, but the team hadn't yet cleared a roster spot for him. They did that Tuesday by placing Koda Glover (shoulder) on the 60-day disabled list. Montero was formerly a useful fantasy option, hitting double-digit homers with a batting average of at least .230 in every year from 2011 to 2015. Little of that value remains for the 34-year-old today, as he's recorded a .216 batting average in each of the past two seasons with a total of 14 homers. The light-hitting backup catcher can safely be ignored in most formats.
Montero has been informed that he's made the team as the backup catcher, Jamal Collier of MLB.com reports.
Pedro Severino was optioned down Saturday, cementing Montero's spot behind Matt Wieters. The Nationals have yet to formally announced the move to add Montero to the roster. The 34-year-old Montero hasn't done much of note this spring, and even with this news, he's still merely a last-ditch option in two-catcher NL-only leagues.
Montero went 1-for-2 with a walk and a solo home run in Thursday's Grapefruit League game against the Mets.
The veteran backstop is competing with Pedro Severino for the No. 2 catcher role on the Nats behind Matt Wieters, so any power displays can only help his chances. Montero's only managed to post an SLG above .400, or OPS above .700, once in the last five seasons, however, so if he does win the job he'll only be of fantasy interest in NL-only formats and as an occasional punt play in DFS.
Montero agreed to a minor-league contract with Washington on Thursday, which includes an invitation to spring training, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports.
Montero is set to compete for the Nationals' backup job with Pedro Severino at the big-league camp. The longtime veteran appeared in 76 games split between the Cubs and Blue Jays last season, slashing just .216/.310/.346 with six home runs and 16 RBI, as his campaign torpedoed as soon as he got to Toronto after faring decently well with Chicago. It would be best to look elsewhere for value as Montero isn't going to provide much at the dish, even in the event he wins the reserve job to back up Matt Wieters,
Montero is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Tigers.
Montero will be stationed on the bench again as the Blue Jays will deploy Luke Maile behind the plate for their series finale against Anibal Sanchez and the Tigers.
Montero is not in the lineup against the Twins on Saturday, Mike Wilner of BlueJaysTalk reports.
Montero heads to the bench following two consecutive games behind the plate, including a 1-for-3 performance Friday. Raffy Lopez picks up a start in his stead, catching Marco Estrada.
Montero is back behind the plate Thursday, batting seventh, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports.
He grabbed a breather Wednesday, but he'll end his brief bench occupation. Montero will continue manning backstop for the majority of contests with Russell Martin (oblique) on the disabled list.
Montero is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Rays, Roger Mooney of The Tampa Bay Times reports.
Montero will head to the bench following two straight starts behind the plate as Raffy Lopez draws the assignment. Since coming off the DL (groin) on Aug. 16, Montero has gone 4-for-16 with one home run and two RBI, and will continue to see a majority of the starts while Russell Martin recovers from an oblique injury.
Montero went 2-for-4 with a double and a solo home run Sunday against the Cubs.
Montero had his best game in a Toronto uniform against the team that traded him in early July. The home run was only his second and the double his first in 17 games since that move.
Montero is out of the lineup Saturday against the Cubs.
Montero will receive a day off after starting the past two games behind the plate, including a 2-for-4 outing during Friday's loss to Chicago. In his place, Raffy Lopez handles the catching duties while batting seventh in the order.
Montero (groin) was activated from the 10-day disabled list Wednesday, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports.
The Blue Jays will go with Raffy Lopez behind the plate Wednesday against the Rays, but Montero will be available in a backup capacity after completing his rehab game Tuesday at Triple-A Buffalo without any renewed soreness in his right groin. It's expected that Montero will quickly displace Lopez as the Blue Jays' primary option behind the plate, at least until Russell Martin (oblique) is cleared to return from the DL.
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