The Full (Starting) Monty?

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I think this tweet should put us on at least yellow alert:

Now it sounds like Mike Montgomery, who came to the Cubs in 2016 just in time to pitch some strong innings and get the final out in the World Series, doesn’t want to force his way out of Chicago, but is very keen on being a full starter. Monty is at least an adequate backup plan in case the Cubs lose out on some free agents like Alex Cobb, or don’t end up trading for another starter.

I know many, including seemingly the Cubs front office, think of Monty as a swing man or long reliever rather than a prototypical starter. There’s value in that versatility. But this new information suggests that Monty isn’t satisfied in the role, and why should he be?  However, the team’s interests must come before the individual, and for now at least, Monty is fine staying in his role if there are no alternatives.

We do know that many teams are still searching for pitching. Montgomery isn’t eligible for arbitration until 2019, and is controlled through the 2021 season, so he will be inexpensive and valuable as a trade piece. Watch for trade talk going forward…

UPDATE 9:15 PM: I guess it might not turn out to be a big deal after all…

Monty is valuable to the Cubs in both his existing role or as a trade chip, so the GM has to talk him up a bit. However, the body of work speaks for itself.


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Rice Cube is the executive vice president of snark at World Series Dreaming. He loves all things Cubs, with notable exceptions (specifically, the part of Cubs fandom that pisses him off). Follow on Twitter at cubicsnarkonia

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