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Cubs Reportedly Sign Luke Carlin To Minor-League Deal For Catching Depth

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With Miguel Montero sidelined with a thumb injury and David Ross only days removed from being activated from the 7-day disabled list because of a concussion, it was probably wise for the Cubs to add another catcher somewhere in the system.

So, they reportedly did:

The deal has not yet been announced by the Cubs.

Carlin, 34, has 56 games and 154 plate appearances with the Padres (2008), Diamondbacks (2009) and Indians (2010-12) on his résumé, but hasn’t made an appearance in The Show since a four-game stint with Cleveland in 2012 when he filled in for Carlos Santana, who spent some time on the 7-day concussion DL.

Carlin has played 34 games with the Athletics Triple-A affiliate in Nashville this season, in which he slashed .146/.315/.214/.529 in 131 plate appearances. Overall, he has accumulated 3,313 plate appearances over the span of 14 minor league seasons, which has produced a slash of .241/.353/.342/.695.

It can’t hurt to have catching depth in the organization, especially with the club currently carrying three catchers with Kyle Schwarber up and Taylor Teagarden playing in a reserve role.

There are no other catchers on the Cubs’ 40-man roster.

Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.