The Chicago Cubs’ Miguel Montero let his feelings be known several times in the last few months. Once was after the Cubs won the World Series. He and Joe Maddon got past that one. But he wasn’t as lucky this time.
Part of the reason that the Chicago Cubs liked Miguel Montero was for his leadership in the clubhouse. But his words–especially to the media–had gotten old. And Theo Epstein doesn’t need a rift in there while the Cubs are trying to figure things out. So out is Montero, DFA’d in the final year of his contract. The Cubs will pick up most of what he’s owed, but it was the right move to make.
The one thing the Cubs didn’t appear to get from the change was a spark–offensively or defensively. John Lackey was lit up for eight runs in 5 1/3 innings while the Cubs couldn’t solve Steven Strasburg. He struck out 13 on his way to beating the Cubs 8-4, assuring the Nationals of no less than a split in the series. Kris Bryant also left the game early after rolling his ankle on third base after catching a pop out.
With the struggles of Lackey and Jake Arrieta, the Cubs are on the lookout for potential additions to the rotation. Carl Edwards could be that hidden gem that the Cubs need to consider for a starting role. Edwards had past success in the minors as a starter but moved to the bullpen when he came to Chicago. It will benefit the team to at least give him a look next season if they don’t move him to the closer’s role.
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