brett marshall yankeesWe may have just gotten the answer to the question of how the Cubs were going to open up a spot on the 40-man roster for recently-signed pitcher Jason Hammel. And it was a fairly predictable answer, if you’re a last-one-in-first-one-out kind of person.

The Cincinnati Reds have claimed pitcher Brett Marshall off of waivers from the Cubs, which brings the 40-man down to 39. Marshall was, himself, claimed by the Cubs earlier this offseason off of waivers from the Yankees. Given his youth and upside, it was a pure stash type of grab, and the Cubs probably hoped they would eventually be able to sneak Marshall through waivers so that they could put him at AAA Iowa, off of the 40-man. He got pretty far up the waiver chain, but unfortunately the Reds are going to take a chance. They may try the same maneuver at some point in the next few weeks.

This isn’t a huge loss for the Cubs, as they were not counting on Marshall in 2014, and there is already a glut of fringy pitching talent to sort out by Opening Day. Still, I did like Marshall’s upside, and it would have been nice to be able to stash him.

We’ll see now if the Cubs soon formally announce the Hammel signing.

  • cubsfan1594

    Brooks Raley was just claimed on waivers by the twins per Mark Gonzalez putting the roster at 38

  • cjdubbya

    And now they’re saying the Twins claimed Raley? Another move coming?

  • Edwin

    I’m more a FIFO than LIFO person, really.

    • Cizzle

      FIFO does keep the inventory fresher than LIFO.

      • Chef Brian

        Fo sho’

  • Jon

    “This isn’t a huge loss for the Cubs…”

    His GF was a pretty nice piece of eye candy

    • Funn Dave

      Way to treat women with respect, Jon.

      • Beast Mode

        I’m not sure calling a woman eye candy is disrespectful. Anyways, your supposed to be “Funn” Dave, loosen up a little!!

        • Funn Dave


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  • NorthSideIrish

    Why are the Cubs placing players on waivers to clear a spot rather than placing Fujikawa on the 60 day DL?

    • Brocktoon

      Because Brett Marshall isn’t any good

      • Beast Mode

        If he wasn’t “any good” why did the Cubs and now the Reds claim him off waivers?

        • willis

          The last two+ years have been the cubs doing nothing but claiming players who aren’t any good off of waivers.

          • DarthHater

            That is untrue. They also signed a free agent starting pitcher who wasn’t any good. 😛

            • Jon

              Don’t forget about position players too. I’d say in terms of the scope of the entire team, they have been claiming all kings of players that aren’t any good :)

          • BT

            Are you claiming the Cubs are only signing bad waiver players, and letting the “good” waiver players get away, or are you saying the Cubs didn’t sign guys like Maholm, Shierholtz and Feldman?

        • Brocktoon

          The Cubs have churned about 20 guys on and off the backend of their roster the last 2 years, most of which weren’t any good.

          This is roughly speaking from BR’s transaction history, so apologies if I have somebody in there who didn’t hit the 40 man, or missed one who did:

          Michael Bowden
          Jairo Ascencio
          Justin Germano
          Alex Hinshaw
          Miguel Socolovich
          Scott Maine
          Jason Berken
          Zach Putnam
          Sandy Rosario
          Jeff Beliveau
          Kameron Loe
          Eduardo Sanchez
          Alex Burnett
          Hisanori Takahashi
          Daniel Bard

          • Brocktoon

            Forgot they already claimed and waived Liam Hendriks this offseason.

          • ssckelley

            Looking at that list just made me throw up in my mouth a little. I about forgot all about the legendary Justin Germano and his incredible 12 starts he made at the end of the 2012 season. Back then the Cubs were putting anybody with a pulse in the starting rotation.

          • Jon

            Reminiscent of a desperate last-place fantasy football player.

    • Beast Mode

      Irish good question, I think maybe they thought this was a good time to “sneak” him through waivers.

  • ssckelley

    I am hoping the Cubs got a good look at Marshall before waiving him. I believe he was named having the best change up in the Yankees system a year ago and was a top 10 prospect in their system. But he did have a tough time in AAA last year. I found it interesting that a contending team claimed him.

  • BD

    And now he’ll win 13 games for Cincy next year, right?

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