Cubs Add More Catching Depth With Latest Signing

Tyler Maher
The Chicago Cubs added some catching depth with their most recent signing.
The Chicago Cubs added some catching depth with their most recent signing. / ASSOCIATED PRESS
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When Willson Contreras signed with the St. Louis Cardinals earlier this offseason, the Chicago Cubs knew that adding catching depth to replace him would be a huge priority this winter.

Unfortunately for Cubs fans, the team's backstop situation looks pretty underwhelming heading into 2023. New addition Tucker Barnhart will split receiving duties with Yan Gomes, and there are a couple of intriguing minor-league options as well, one of whom just signed with Chicago on Wednesday.

Cubs Sign Catcher

The Cubs added another catching candidate to the mix by signing Luis Torrens to a minor-league deal.

Torrens, 26, already has five MLB seasons under his belt. He debut in 2017 with the San Diego Padres but didn't get to make much of an impression, playing sparingly until he was traded to the Seattle Mariners midway through the abbreviated 2020 campaign.

He initially found more at-bats and success in Seattle, bopping 15 home runs with 47 RBIs and a .730 OPS in 2021. His production and playing time regressed in 2022, however, as he was phased out in favor of young slugger Cal Raleigh.

Still, Torrens brings some bounce-back potential to the Cubs. Wrigley Field is a much better hitting environment than T-Mobile Park, and Torrens is still young enough that improvement isn't out of the question. Catchers are often late bloomers, so it's at least worth seeing if his performance can return to its 2021 level.

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