Reminiscing on the time the Cubs traded Angel Pagan


Reminiscing on the time the Cubs traded Angel Pagan

As the Cubs almost pulled off a shocking trade Friday night, it got me thinking about another trade the organization probably wishes to have back.

Angel Pagan's name has been everywhere the past few weeks -- even in Taco Bell -- as the starting centerfielder and leadoff hitter for the World Champion Giants.

Cubs fans remember him when he was just a kid making his MLB debut in the 2006 season. He played 77 games that year for the Cubs and appeared in 71 the following season, getting time at all three outfield spots.

He only totaled 348 plate appearances in those two years, and the Cubs wound up trading Pagan to the Mets, the organization that drafted him in 1999.

Dealing a young outfielder with a career .716 minor-league OPS isn't exactly groundbreaking. But the Cubs did not come out on top in this one particular deal.

In January 2008, the Cubs sent Pagan to the Mets for outfielder Corey Coles and right-hander Ryan Meyers. Both guys spent just a year in the Cubs' minor-league system and then that was that. They were out of baseball after the 2008 season.

Pagan, meanwhile, has turned into a pretty good major-leaguer, having racked up a .281.334.415 line with 98 steals and 243 runs over the past three seasons, two of which were in New York before he was dealt to San Francisco prior to the start of 2012.

It's no Lou Brock for Ernie Broglio by any means, but it's still interesting to look back at. Good for Pagan for getting a ring, though.

Miguel Montero sends a classy goodbye to Cubs players and fans

Miguel Montero sends a classy goodbye to Cubs players and fans

Miguel Montero's Tuesday night comments showed questionable judgement, but the veteran catcher was all class in a farewell statement.

Montero said goodbye to his Cubs teammates, staff members and the city of Chicago Wednesday in a series of Tweets:

It's a perfect way for Montero to sign off, using the hashtag that united fans in 2015 as the Cubs' championship window first opened.

Montero has been an integral part of the Cubs the last three years, hitting maybe the biggest home run in franchise history (the grand slam in Game 1 of the NLCS against the Los Angeles Dodgers) and helping mentor Willson Contreras.

Cubs cut ties with Miguel Montero after controversial comments

Cubs cut ties with Miguel Montero after controversial comments

It appears as if Miguel Montero has played his last game with the Chicago Cubs.

Just hours after Montero threw his pitchers under the bus, the Cubs desginated the veteran catcher for assignment and called up young catching prospect Victor Caratini:

Montero will turn 34 next month and has been a big part of the Cubs roster over the last three seasons, playing 243 games in Chicago. He clubbed 27 homers with a .737 OPS in those games.

[RELATED: Anthony Rizzo fires back at Montero]

Montero is hitting .286 with an .805 OPS so far this season, but has not thrown out an attempted base-stealer in 31 tries.

The veteran catcher never fails to tell it like it is and called out Jake Arrieta and the Cubs pitching staff for not holding runners on Tuesday night.

On the day of the Cubs 2016 World Series celebration in downtown Chicago, Montero hopped on the radio and ripped Joe Maddon's usage of him in the postseason, when the Cubs manager opted for rookie Willson Contreras and soon-to-be-retired David Ross to see most of the time at catcher.

Montero was in the last year of a deal that was set to pay him $14 million this season. He will be a free agent this winter.