Report: Cubs, Luis Torrens agree to minor-league deal originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
The Chicago Cubs have agreed to a minor-league deal with free agent catcher Luis Torrens, according to a report from Ángel Daniel Conde T of the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League’s Navegantes del Magallanes.
Torrens, who will turn 27 in May, has spent parts of five seasons in the big leagues with the Padres and Mariners.
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Logging 251 career games thus far, Torrens' best showing was in 2021 with Seattle, where the catcher hit 15 home runs as part of 33 extra-base hits across 108 games, registering a 102 OPS+.
Torrens took a step back last year, appearing in just 55 games and posting a paltry .225/.283/.298 slash line with just five extra-base hits.
While the Cubs are looking to go defense-first with Yan Gomes and Tucker Barnhart as the team's top two catchers heading into spring training, Torrens provides most of his upside with the bat, posting below-average defensive metrics in his limited time as a big-leaguer with a career -0.4 defensive wins above replacement.
Therefore, barring injury, Torrens will likely need to have a big offensive showing in spring training and minor league play in order to have a chance at contributing at the big-league level in 2023.
While Torrens provides much-needed depth behind the plate, the 27-year-old is also out of minor-league options, which could complicate his path back to the majors as a Cub as he could not be easily sent back to the minors.
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