Joe Maddon

Miguel Montero prepares for another season as Cubs backup

Miguel Montero produced one of the biggest hits of the Chicago Cubs' championship run in the game that decided it all, and now he's preparing again for life as a backup catcher.

It's not easy — this competitor wants nothing more than to play every day.

Montero figures to start behind the plate once or twice a week when second-year big leaguer Willson Contreras needs a break — not the veteran's ideal role or what he envisioned when he joined the Cubs in a trade from Arizona ahead of the 2015 season.

"Obviously, it was hard," Montero said. "It's difficult, because when you get traded over here, you're supposed to be the everyday catcher, right? And then...