From the Wire … Cubs Claim RHP Brett Marshall Off Waivers, Orioles Claim RHP Liam Hendriks

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.

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  • cubtex

    Liam Hendriks had an option left and I thought that was a decent claim. O’s thought so too. Cubs have added 2 pitchers off the Yankees “terrible” farm system now in Marshall and Black.

    • Eugene Debs

      I wonder why they didn’t just option him? Is there a timing issue with that?

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Yes, there is a timing issue with optioning players. Players can only be on optional assignments during the season. Those players are still on the 40-man roster but not on the 25-man roster.

        • Eugene Debs

          Cool, thanks.

          Well, let’s hope the new guy is better than the old guy (that we had for a week).

          Good thing there is not a cap on roster moves…we’d be paying the “roster moves tax.”

  • daverj

    Prior to 2013, Marshall was considered one of the Yanks Top 10 prospects (albeit one of the weaker systems). John Sickels at minorleagueball.com had him at #5 in the Yanks’ system. It’s a nice waiver pick-up. Marshall could develop into a decent #4 or #5 starter.

    • cubtex

      He had TJ surgery in 09.

      • Ripsnorter1

        That is why we picked him up.

        • Eugene Debs

          It’s on the “Cubs Employment Application.”

          Have you ever had an injury that pretty much means we’re wasting our time? ___ Yes ___No.

    • Bredstik

      Agreed that it’s a nice pickup. Baseball America had him ranked as the Yankees #6 prospect as recently as a year ago.

      • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

        Risk/reward…typical. These surgery guys are hit and miss at best. But I guess that’s why they go quantity with them. Sign 10 maybe have 2 work out…

        Why not?

  • Eugene Debs

    This ends the “which Hendricks?” question…..

    • cubtex

      Hendriks. The one they claimed from the Twins a couple of weeks ago.

      • Eugene Debs

        Got that part…

        What I was saying is we won’t get this bum confused with Kyle Hendricks, now.

        • Bredstik

          Now as long as people don’t get confused and think we got Sean Marshall back…

      • Ripsnorter1

        I got it!

        Here is the Mr. Shoo Choo connection to the Chicago Cubs!

        Everyone knows that Mr. Shoo Choo cannot hit LHP. But that wasn’t

        always true. There was a time in his MLB career in which he could.

        But our newest Cub pitcher solved the Shoo Choo problem.

        Mr. Jonathan Sanchez nailed him, and he has not hit LHP since.
        http://insider.espn.go.com/blog/buster-olney/post?id=4155

  • mutantbeast

    2 peas in a pod. Liam Hendricks was a bum and Brett Marshall is niether George Brett or Mike Marshall. Too bad, thats the caliber of talent the Cubs need and currently dont have.

  • 07GreyDigger

    Speaking of, this should tell Kyle Hendricks fans that they may not have the faith in him, considering they picked up Marshall, Wada and are looking at Joel Piniero as a starter.

    • CubbyDenCritic

      Not many Cubs fans have faith in Samardzija these days either.

    • cubtex

      I don’t think these moves have anything whatsoever to do with Kyle Hendricks.

      • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

        Agree with that. Hendricks looks loaded with potential. But he may not see Chicago this year. I would agree he didn’t even cross their minds during these signings.

  • cubtex

    This is great stuff and I highly recommend reading this report on Brett Marshall. The scout even predicting injury before it happened due to Marshall’s delivery.

    http://www.baseball-intellect.com/Articles/brett-marshall-yankees.html

    • triple

      Thanks for the link… didn’t read it, just looked at the pictures. I could tell already that he will fail.

      • cubtex

        I knew the pictures would help:) you should actually read it. Very thorough scouting report on him.

        • triple

          I did, very thorough for sure. I clicked and skimmed, then made my smart a$$ remark…then I actually went back and read the entire report! I think it’s a good sign that he has ascended from A ball to AAA over the last 3 years pitching 140.1, 158.1, and 150.2 respectively. Hopefully he continues to stay healthy. If he stayed in the Yankees system, Larry would be teaching him how to throw a towel.

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            I never understood the problem with the towel drill. It’s like using a fungo, hitting off a tee or any other simulation to allow for mechanical and muscle memory training.

  • Bryan

    Neil…a site question for you. Over the last week I’ve noticed that I can’t see the fine CCO posters comments on my Microsoft PC, but am having no problems on my MAC. Articles are showing fine on both. Any thoughts…and sorry to bother you on this.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      No bother whatsoever. Which browser are you using on the PC?

      • Bryan

        IE Version 10

      • Bryan

        Neil…I added Chrome as a browser, and am good to go on that. Apologies for interrupting the mainstream commentary.

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          Sorry for the delay in responding. You will like Chrome, it has a lot less holes in it. I’m glad that worked.

          On IE, I would recommend clearing your history, and that includes cookies. That will help your computer all the way around.

          Ask anytime, I will do my best to help.

  • triple

    I think I like this claim the Cubs made on Brett Marshall. The Hendriks pickup was good too, but I think it is a quality risk at the tradeoff of the two players. We get a guy who is at the AAA level (like Hendriks), but is a year younger along with an extra option year. While Hendriks has better minor league numbers, he’s also gotten the opportunity over 3 seasons to start 28 games in the majors and hasn’t shown any sign of improvement. So I think we all would know what to expect for the next time he gets to pitch in the majors. As far as Marshall, he barely even had time to finish his cup of coffee with the Yankees. It looks like he was used as a long reliever, so he was obviously inserted into games that they were getting crushed in (his first 2 anyway). But at least he showed some improvement from his one appearance in May to his 2 appearances in September. Did we catch lightning in a bottle? No. But did we pickup a guy that will get an opportunity in the bullpen at some point this year? Yes, and very young guy too, so maybe there is some future potential or value in him to this team.

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