The Chicago Cubs traded catcher Miguel Montero to the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday, six days after he blamed pitcher Jake Arrieta for allowing seven stolen bases during a loss to Washington.
Toronto said it will send a player to be named or cash to Chicago for Montero, a two-time All-Star who was designated for assignment Wednesday, a day after his criticism of Arrieta. Chicago will pay Toronto $6,446,710 in seven installments through Oct. 6 as part of the deal, covering all but $515,039 of the $6,961,749 remaining of Montero’s $14-million salary this year.
The 33-year-old Venezuelan, who can be a free agent this fall, has hit .286 with four homers and eight RBIs in 44 games this year. He has thrown out one of 31 base stealers.
Colorado placed infielder/outfielder Ian Desmond on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right calf and reinstated slumping outfielder Carlos Gonzalez. . . . New York Yankees sluggers Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez will participate in the All-Star Home Run Derby at Miami on July 10. Judge leads the majors with 27 homers; Sanchez his hit 13 despite missing four weeks with a strained biceps.