According to a report from Susan Slusser, the Cubs agreed to terms on a minor league contract with C Luke Carlin.
The 34-year old veteran catcher has been in the Athletics system this year after spending three of the previous four seasons with the Cleveland Indians. The Tigers selected Carlin in the 10th round of the 2002 draft.
Luke Carlin last appeared in the majors in 2012 and in 56 games in the big leagues between 2008-10 and 2012, Carlin was 25-for-156 (.179/.263/.286) with four doubles, a triple and three home runs for a .549 OPS.
The switch-hitting catcher was 15-for-103 in 34 games with Triple-A Nashville in Oakland’s system this year. Carlin had seven doubles with 23 walks and 24 strikeouts in 131 plate appearances.
In 10 seasons at the Triple-A level in the Padres, Diamondbacks, Indians, Angels and A’s organizations, Luke Carlin has hit .241/.358/.352 with 110 doubles, four triples and 36 home runs for a .710 OPS.
Susan Slusser pointed out pitchers love throwing to Luke Carlin. He should report to Triple-A Iowa and take the spot of the recently promoted Kyle Schwarber.
The Cubs have not posted the signing or assigned him to a minor league affiliate.