Royals trade catcher Martin Maldonado, to get a 2008 pitching prospect back

Kansas City Royals' Martin Maldonado hits a solo home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Friday, July 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

KANSAS CITY (WIBW) -- The Kansas City Royals announced Monday night they have acquired left-handed pitcher Mike Montgomery from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for Martín Maldonado, the catcher who tried to hold the team together in Salvador Perez' absence this season.

Montgomery has made 20 relief appearances with the Cubs this season, going 1-2 with a 5.67 ERA, He’s spent the last 3 seasons in Chicago, including 2017 when he set career highs in wins (7), saves (3), innings (130.2) and strikeouts (100), while pitching to a 3.38 ERA (49 ER in 130.2 IP).

Mike was acquired by the Chicago Cubs from Seattle on July 20, 2016, and made 11 appearances during the postseason that year, going 1-1 with a save and a 3.14 ERA and recorded the final out of Game 7 of their 2016 World Series as the Cubs won their first World Championship in 108 years.. right after the Royals won their first title in 30 years the year before.

Mike Montgomery was originally drafted 36th overall by Kansas City in the Compensation Round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft. He pitched in the Royals’ organization until being traded to Tampa Bay in 2012 in the deal that brought James Shields and Wade Davis to Kansas City.

The trade to acquire Montgomery comes just a day after Kansas City delivered pitcher Homer Bailey to the Oakland A's, giving the star hurler a chance to pitch for a contending team this summer.