Andre Ethier a Diamondback? Miguel Montero a Dodger?
The teams recently discussed a trade involving those players, but the deal collapsed when the D-Backs’ ownership declined to give final approval, according to major-league sources.
The Dodgers would have sent Ethier, catcher Tim Federowicz, and money to Arizona for Montero and multiple lower-level prospects. But the majority owner of the Diamondbacks, Ken Kendrick, ruled against the trade because he likes Montero and was not comfortable trading him within the National League West.
Aside from the Dodgers, the Chicago Cubs have expressed interest in Montero, but talks haven't gotten serious. The 31-year-old catcher is owed $40 million over the next three seasons and the Cubs certainly have the financial flexibility to take on his contract. With plentiful prospects, it's possible a trade happens, but it's unknown what the D-Backs would want in return from Chicago.
A few weeks ago Fox Sports and MLB insider Ken Rosenthal indicated that the Arizona Cardinals (Editors Note: bwahahahaha) may be willing to trade franchise catcher Miguel Montero during the offseason. Montero is due to make $40 million over the next three seasons and could be moved to free up room in the budget.
(Oh no he di-n't)
Obviously there are still many moves that will be made in the off season between now and opening day 2015. With that said, you can get a sense of which teams are looking to step it up a notch and head into the 2015 in a better place than they were a year ago. Here now are those teams where the outlook is looking brighter.
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