The Cubs have signed Luke Farrell, according to Chris Hilburn-Trenkle of Baseball America. This is Farrell’s second stint in Wrigleyville, as he previously pitched for the organization in 2018, tossing 31 1/3 innings at the big league level.
Farrell has seen action in each of the last five MLB seasons, amassing 87 2/3 career innings with five different clubs. Most recently, the righty pitched for the Twins in 2021, posting a 4.74 ERA, 22.1% strikeout rate, and 11.5% walk rate over 24 2/3 innings of work, as Farrell missed over two months recovering from a right oblique strain.
Problems with walks and home runs have kept Farrell from enjoying consistent success at the big league level, though he has shown flashes of impressive strikeout ability in both the majors and minors. Farrell has worked mostly as a starter in the minors but has only started five of his 63 career Major League contests.
Farrell joins a long list of experienced pitchers in Chicago’s farm system, as the Cubs have stocked up on seasoned hurlers to augment what had been a very young bullpen mix. He’ll provide some depth for a Cubs team that continues to add as many pitchers as possible to cover innings.