According to multiple reports, the Cubs claimed RHP Brett Marshall off waivers from the New York Yankees on Monday. The Cubs also lost a pitcher when Baltimore claimed RHP Liam Hendriks off waivers from the Cubs.
With the two roster moves, the Cubs’ 40-man roster technically stands at 39 players until the team announces the signing of Jose Veras.
Brett Marshall went 7-10 in 25 starts at the Triple-A level last season with a 5.13 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP. The 23-year old (March 22, 1990) was selected in the sixth round of the 2008 draft by the Yankees and made his big league debut last year. Marshall made three appearances out of the Yankees’ pen and allowed six runs on 13 hits (three home runs) with seven walks and seven strikeouts in 12 IP (4.50 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP).
The Yankees designated Marshall for assignment on Dec. 19 to make room on the 40-man roster for Carlos Beltran. Marshall has two minor league options left.
The Cubs claimed Liam Hendriks off waivers from the Twins on Dec. 13 and apparently tried to send him through waivers to create a spot on the 40-man roster. The Orioles claimed Hendriks off waivers from the Cubs on Monday and view him as rotation depth for the big league team.