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Miguel Montero traded to Cubs

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Seems this is now fit to print: the last survivor from the Diamondbacks' 2007 playoff run has left the building. Only Luis Gonzalez has played more games for Arizona, but now, Miguel Montero has left the building, apparently going to the Cubs for minor-league prospects

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Arizona Sports 98,7 is also reporting the trade has been completed. Montero made his debut for the Diamondbacks in 2006, so was easily the longest-tenured player on the team. His departure now passes that crown on to Daniel Hudson, the only player currently with Arizona to pre-date 2011, having made his Diamondbacks debut on August 1, 2010. The deal for Arizona is more or less a salary dump, with $40 million having been due to Miguel Montero over the next three seasons. However, it does leave us with an obvious hole at the position for the coming season, and it's something I expect Dave Stewart and his team are already working to fill.

No word at this point on the specifics of the players received from the Cubs - KTAR says it is two players at the A-ball level - but I would be very surprised if they were names which anyone in Arizona knows about in detail. We'll update as we receive that. Down the road, we'll look at what the deal means for the Diamondbacks going forward, and also review the history of Montero with the team. I may go to Taco Bell for dinner tonight, and ask for my tacos "Miggy style", just as a farewell to our generally well-liked catcher.

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