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Washington Nationals sign Miguel Montero to Minor League deal; add to catching depth

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The Washington Nationals have reportedly signed 2016 World Series Champion Miguel Montero to a minor league deal.

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The Washington Nationals have signed veteran catcher Miguel Montero to a minor league deal on Thursday, according to Washington Post’s Chelsea Janes.

Montero’s deal includes an invite to Spring Training.

Montero spent time with the Chicago Cubs and the Toronto Blue Jays during the 2017 season, playing in 44 games with the Cubs before being designated for assignment after criticizing pitcher Jake Arrieta to the media after a loss to the Nationals.

Montero was later traded to the Blue Jays for cash considerations. He appeared in 32 games and posted a .138 batting average with a pair of home runs.

The 34-year old finished the season with six home runs, 16 RBI and a .216 batting average.

Montero spent the majority of his 12-year career with the Arizona Diamondbacks, where he was named an All-Star in 2011 and 2014. Montero is a career .257 hitter.

Montero was coached by new Nationals’ manager Dave Martinez during his time in Chicago and helped the Cubs win a World Series in 2016.

Montero is expected to compete for the backup catcher role.

The Nationals, who are trying to upgrade the catchers position, have been interested in Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto.