The Cubs finalized the trade with the Yankees. The Cubs acquired INF Brendan Ryan as the player to be named later in the deal that sent INF Starlin Castro to New York for RHP Adam Warren.
At the time of the trade, multiple reports indicated Brendan Ryan would be the second player the Cubs received for Castro. The Cubs made it official Thursday and designated RHP Yoervis Medina for assignment to make room on the roster.
With Thursday’s moves, the Cubs’ 40-man roster stands at 40 players.
Brendan Ryan is under contract for one more season. Ryan exercised the player option on the two-year, $5 million contract he signed in November 2013. Ryan is owed $1 million for the 2016 season.
Ryan, 33, is a career .234/.295/.315 hitter (603-for-2,578) with 116 doubles, 18 triples, 19 home runs and 203 RBI in 879 games with St. Louis (2007-10), Seattle (2011-13) and New York (2013-15). He batted .229/.275/.333 (22-for-96) with the Yankees last year after being limited to 47 games due to multiple stints on the disabled list.
Brendan Ryan has seen action at every position in his big league career except for center field and catcher, seeing his most playing time at shortstop (705 games), second base (104 games) and third base (45 games). He led his league in defensive WAR in 2009 (3.2) and 2012 (3.6). Ryan won a Fielding Bible Award in 2012 as the best shortstop in the majors.
Ryan was originally selected by St. Louis in the seventh round of the 2003 Draft.
The Cubs acquired Yoervis Medina from the Mariners for Welington Castillo last May 19. And he spent most of his time last season with Triple-A Iowa.
Medina, 27, went 1-0 with a 4.71 ERA (11 earned runs in 21 innings) and 1.61 WHIP in 17 relief appearances between Seattle and the Cubs last season. In five appearances with the Cubs, Medina did not have a record and allowed seven runs on 12 hits with four walks and seven strikeouts in nine innings (7.00 ERA, 1.77 WHIP).