From the Wire: Reds Claim RHP Brett Marshall and Twins Claim LHP Brooks Raley Off Waivers from Cubs

The Cubs made two roster moves on Wednesday, and both were expected but not at the same time. In order to clear a spot on the 40-man roster, the Cubs placed RHP Brett Marshall on waivers and he was claimed by the Cincinnati Reds. To make room for Marshall on their roster, the Reds designated INF Henry Rodriguez for assignment.

The Cubs claimed Marshall off waivers from the Yankees on Dec. 23. The attempt to send Marshall through waivers was expected in order to open a spot on the 40-man roster for Jason Hammel. The Cubs have not announced the one-year contract with Jason Hammel. The signing should be made official in the next 24 hours.

According to a report from Mark Gonzales, the Twins claimed LHP Brooks Raley off waivers from the Cubs. Raley was moved to a reliever role this winter and while he was not expected to make the big league team out of camp, Raley had a minor league option left and would have been another lefty reliever option along with Zac Rosscup just a phone call away in Iowa.

With the two roster moves, the Cubs 40-man roster will officially stand at 39 players once the team announces the signing of RHP Jason Hammel.

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.

Brooks Raley posted a 1-2 record in 14 games with the Cubs during the 2012 and 2013 seasons with a 7.04 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP.

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  • Neil

    According to Levine, the deal with James McDonald could be a Major League contract.

    • calicub

      So you’re saying i should temper my expectations that they’ve signed Suk-Min Yoon?

      • Neil

        Yoon posted a selfie on Twitter late last night of him wearing an Orioles hat, but it appears he jumped the gun. There is speculation Boras and the Orioles will wait until he passes Baltimore’s physical before the news of the signing is announced.

    • Zonk

      McDonald getting a ML contract would be a surprise. He is likely out of options, and a run-down of prospective Cubs pitchers shows that we already have nearly a full staff of guys who are similarly restricted in whether they can be sent to Iowa.

      I feel there will be a DFA’s or two at the end of ST

      • Neil

        I have not looked but due to service time I would imagine he is out of options. McDonald on a minor league deal is a good signing based on his injury history with no risk. On a Major League deal, not so much.

      • mutantbeast

        Theres going to have to be. Cabrera is also out of options, so either hes on the team or released.

    • CubbyDenCritic

      don’t count on that one.

  • cubtex

    Neil. Any thoughts on why they didn’t move Fujikawa to the 60 day DL to free open a spot and not lose one of these guys?

    • calicub

      I’m not sure but Clubs must return a player to the Major League roster during the off-season [i believe prior to the rule 5 and around the tender deadline] if they want to retain his services for the future.

      Its possible that the deadline to re-add a player to the 60-day has not come around yet?

      • cubtex

        yea. I am not sure what the rule is on that.

      • Neil

        See my reply to Cubtex above.

    • Zonk

      That’s a good question, and I was thinking the same thing. Raley seems redundant anyway with Rosscup and Rusin available, and Marshall has a ton of competition for rotation slots at Iowa, but still…………

    • Neil

      I do not know why. I thought there was a rule that teams could not place a player on the 60-day DL until x-amount of time before Opening Day. But, the Dodgers placed Scott Elbert on the 60-day over the weekend to make room for Maholm.

      I searched my old records and it used to be 7-10 days prior to the start of the season. I could not find an updated/more recent rule on the 60-day DL. I checked before posting they could place Fujikawa on the 60-day DL to make room for Hammel in the wake of the Maholm signing.

      I previewed the possibility a couple of weeks back. I thought they would try to sneak them through.

      • Tony_Hall

        From what I have seen you can add a player to the 60 DL as soon as Spring Training starts. The Dodgers were able to use this as they play their 1st game on March 22nd in Australia against the D-Backs, and were able to have their spring training start earlier.

        This is what happens when you try to time it, sometimes it works, sometimes another team says that your bottom of your 40 man roster is better than ours and picks them up. This will be a lot more common moving forward.

        • Neil

          Thanks for posting this Tony. The rules have apparently changed, it hasn’t always been that way. When I researched it before I posted in the report about them possibly placing Fujikawa on the 60-day to make room for Hammel that is what I figured out.

      • mutantbeast

        Neil, Im not entirely sure, but I beleive you can DL players on the 60 day DL right after you open camp.

        • Neil

          Thank you. You are correct, that appears to be the case now. It used to be different.

    • Ripsnorter1

      It’s really, really simple. The answer is:


      They’ve done this type of stuff before.

      • Tony_Hall

        C’mon Rip, who did they lose that is worth anything? Over this coming season they will be making needing to clear more spots for young players like Baez and hopefully Bryant plus pitchers like Hendricks, Edwards and maybe even Johnson.

        I was amazed Raley was still on the 40 man all last year and Marshall was nothing more than AAA depth, for Iowa.

        The timing of this was to try and get them through waivers as most teams 40 man rosters are full right now. I am not surprised Raley was picked up by the Twins, but the Reds picking up Marshall is surprising, unless they have a need at their AAA team.

        • J Daniel

          Totally agree, Tony. Young guys are coming and a few more will be going. Also agree that they really have not lost anything.

      • John_CC


      • 07GreyDigger

        I was scrolling through the comments and looking for this. Glad its here, even its totally incorrect. :)

        • Ripsnorter1

          Thanks! (Sincerely, “thank you”).

          Like Neil says, McDonald isn’t a bargain on the big league roster. And you lost one of these players for him. The other you lost for Hammel, who is basically awful.

          This won’t keep us from the World Series, but I thought you might like the “Poor Roster Management” quote anyways.

          : )

          • cubtex


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  • CubbyDenCritic

    Rumor has it the Cubs might sign a certain second baseman cut recently from the Royals.

    • BosephHeyden

      Emilio Bonifacio really isn’t a caliber player that he’s earned the “certain player” title. It’s Emilio Bonifacio: he can occasionally hit and get on base, and is someone that may steal 30 bases.

      So long as he isn’t signed for anything over a year and $1.5 million, it’s worth a shot for the sole purpose of flipping him. Anything else is unnecessary..

      • CubbyDenCritic

        You are miss quoting me…..I did not say “certain player”….I said a “certain second baseman”…………….and Emilo is just an average player….so lets not cast him with the likes of Morgan, Sandberg or Alomar.

      • Ripsnorter1

        I figure Emilio Bonifacio is better and cheaper than Barney.

        Cut Barney. Pick him up.

        Unless the goal is to lose more games. Then keep Barney.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    So Ricketts re-open talks with the Roof Top Owners……Mayor is telling Tunney to get this issue settled with his Roof Top buddies……..and it seems Ricketts is telling the RTO ” listen, we will prevail in court, you signed a contract”…….and if someway the RTO’s buys off a judge, then Ricketts will just pick up and leave………if you heard Ricketts today at the ribbon cutting ceremony, he is hinting that a new ball park can provide more attributes…………

    Carrie Muskat is reporting McDonald is on a minor league deal……..

    Final year for Jeter……..first ballot HOF… where would you rank Jeter with these other four recent HOF shortstops….Yount, Larkin, Ripken Jr, O. Smith ???

    my ranking…

    #1 – O.Smith
    #2 – C Ripken
    #3 – Jeter
    #4 – Larkin
    #5 – Yount

    • Richard Hood

      Mine has C Ripken first then Jeter then Smith,Larkin and lastly Yount.

      As we get farther and farther away from these guys actually playing people seem to be bumping up Ozzie (a glove first short stop that taught himself to be a pretty good hitter) while forgetting some of things that Ripken brought to the table. Not saying that Ozzie should or should not be a HOF’er but to have him at the top of this list is short selling the dynamic players that are also on this list.

      • CubbyDenCritic

        I saw all these guys play….Ripken had a long streak of not hitting and was struggling big time at one point of his career………..he was still a great player, but Ozzie won many games with his glove, base running skills, his bat and his leadership……it is true that Ozzie was on better teams then Ripken was on, but at the end, I would still take Ozzie over Cal.

  • Eugene Debs

    No big loss. Fringe players at best.

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  • mutantbeast

    These guys are non-entitys. Cubs already have Raley in Rusin, Rosscup and Wright. Marshall couldnt advannce in the Stankees horrid minor league system. Frankly, the day the team doesnt have the Raleys and Rusins is good news.

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