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Cubs Sign St. John to Minor League Contract

The Cubs made a small addition on Sunday, signing LHP Locke St. John to a minor league contract. St. John pitched in Triple-A during 2021.
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Although the rest of the league is fairly active, the Chicago Cubs remain quiet in the free agency market ahead of December 1's impending work stoppage. However, the Cubs made one small addition on Sunday, inking minor league left-handed pitcher Locke St. John to a contract.

In 36 games with Detroit's Triple-A affiliate, St. John pitched to a 4-0 record and 2.58 ERA. In addition, he struck out 75 batters and only walked 25 in 59.1 innings of work. St. John made five starts in 2021, showing he wasn't exclusively a relief pitcher in the Tigers' system.

At this time, the St. John addition feels like nothing more than a depth move. As indicated last season, having sufficient pitching depth is incredibly important. In fact, having pitching depth that can pitch out of the bullpen and start is even more critical. Last season, the Cubs found a depth gem in Adrian Sampson. Sampson pitched well as a starter but was also successful out of the bullpen. Having players that can do both feels like a trend that baseball is adopting more and more.

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