The Cubs have made their first deal of the summer, trading AAA-prospect Dan Vogelbach to the Seattle Mariners for LHP Mike Montgomery. Vogelbach has a .318 average with 16 home runs in Iowa. He will conceivably see time at first base or DH in Seattle.
Montgomery, on the other hand, is a lefty who was selected in the first round of the 2008 MLB Draft by the Kansas City Royals. Montgomery has played under Joe Maddon, seeing time in Tampa Bay in early 2013.
He was traded to the Mariners in March of 2015, serving mostly in the bullpen with some time as a starter.
On June 23, 2015, Montgomery threw a complete game shutout with 10 strikeouts and no walks against the future World Series champion Kansas City Royals. A week later, he threw a one-hit shutout against the San Diego Padres. He was optioned to AAA Tacoma on August 30, 2015. He has played all year in the Seattle bullpen.
What does this mean?
It was no secret the Cubs were in the market for a left-handed reliever. And it was no secret Dan Vogelbach was on the chopping block in any potential deal for the Cubs. I’m not sure this makes a deal to get Andrew Miller any more or less likely but taking Vogelbach out of the mix certainly limits our options when negotiating with the Yankees because of his ability to someday be a solid DH in the American League. If the Cubs are still in the market for a shutdown closer, another starter, or another left-handed reliever (especially Miller) look for names like Baez, Schwarber, and prospects Ian Happ and Gleyber Torres to be involved.