The Chicago Cubs continued to bolster their bullpen this week by acquiring right-handed reliever Brett Marshall from the New York Yankees. In a loss though, the Baltimore Orioles claimed the rights to Cubs reliever Liam Hendriks.
Brett Marshall began his major league career last season, making his relief debut with the Yankees on May 15th. Marshall made two more appearances, pitching a total of 12 innings and having a 4.50 ERA. Marshall started 25 games with the Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees last year, going 7-10 with a 5.13 ERA.
Hendriks was claimed off waivers by the Cubs on December 13th from the Minnesota Twins, where he played for the last three seasons. Last season, Hendriks pitched 47.1 innings and started 8 games, finishing with a 1-3 record and a 6.85 ERA. In total through his first three career seasons, Hendriks has posted a 2-15 record with a 6.06 ERA in 28 starts.
The addition of Marshall marks some more additions to the bullpen this month, as the Cubs added Jose Veras and Jonathan Sanchez along with some other minor leaguers last week. The addition of these players says that the Cubs are looking to really improve on the pitching staff next season, and that young players like Marshall could come as a huge boost when making decisions around spring ball.
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