Chicago Cubs Acquire Mike Montgomery From the Seattle Mariners
The Chicago Cubs have struck a deal to acquire relief pitcher Mike Montgomery from the Seattle Mariners. The 27-year old lefty has been excellent this season in 32 appearances with a WHIP of 1.086 and an ERA of just 2.34. He also boasts a WAR of 1.6.
The Cubs have been a dominating contender this season, but their bullpen has been an area of weakness that required attention prior to the approaching trade deadline. Montgomery addresses that need and at a far less of a price than some of the bigger names on the market would have commanded.
The Mariners will receive minor leaguer Dan Vogelbach in the trade. Vogelbach is just 23 years-old and was the Cubs’ 2nd round pick in the 2011 draft. He’s hit .314 with 16 home runs in 89 games this season with the Triple A Iowa Cubs in addition to an impressive .972 OPS. However, with first base being his only defensive position, the Cubs deemed Vogelbach expendable as they envision all-star Anthony Rizzo as their first baseman for many years to come.
This deal likely shuts down the rumors of a trade between the Cubs and Yankees involving Andrew Miller or Aroldis Chapman. It’s probable the Cubs made this deal with the Mariners instead due to the Yankees insistence on Kyle Schwarber being part of the trade. Cub fans can now breathe a sigh of relief that the team is even less likely to deal the promising young slugger currently recovering from a knee injury.
For the Mariners, this move declares they are officially sellers which makes sense as they are playing .500 ball and not going to contend for much of anything in 2016.
The move also makes sense for Vogelbach as he can put his hitting skills to use as a DH in the American League.
(Chicago Cubs Acquire Mike Montgomery)