As the Cubs openly court more starting pitching this winter, starter-in-waiting Mike Montgomery apparently has become increasingly chafed. The left-hander who played a major role for the Cubs last year as a reliever and then a productive injury replacement in the rotation wants to be a starter in 2018 or go to another team that will let him start, according to a report by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The report cites a source “close to the pitcher.” The Cubs say Montgomery has not said anything like that to them. “That kind of caught me by surprise to be honest with you,” general manager Jed Hoyer said. “We view him as a starting pitcher. I know he views himself as a starting pitcher. But he’s just a good teammate. He’s been willing to do both. He’s done that really well.