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Yankees Hot Stove: Cubs claim Brett Marshall off waivers

Al Bello

The Yankees are in the midst of a roster crunch with a full 40-man roster and several players that still need to be added. To make room for Carlos Beltran, Brett Marshall was designated for assignment on the 19th and removed from the roster. Four days later he has been claimed by the Chicago Cubs.

Marshall, once a top-20 prospect according to, saw his stock fall considerably after a full season at Triple-A where he had a disappointing 5.13 ERA and 4.62 FIP. He made his major league debut in 2013, but didn't do anything worth remembering. The right-hander is only 23, and though he's not a bad prospect, he was mostly made redundant and replaceable due to the presence of Adam Warren, David Phelps, Shane Greene, and Vidal Nuno already on the 40-man roster. The Yankees didn't need another bullpen filler, but that doesn't mean he can't amount to more on another team.

New York still has to clear two more spots after signing Brian Roberts and Matt Thornton. On top of that they also want to sign another reliever, a right-handed hitting infielder, and then there's still Masahiro Tanaka to think about. There are quite a few players who could be gone within the next few weeks.