2/12 Roster moves
The Cubs made room for free agent pitchers Jason Hammel and James McDonald on the roster on Wednesday. The Reds claimed right-handed pitcher Brett Marshall off waivers while the Twins claimed lefty Brooks Raley from the Cubs. Chicago’s 40-man roster was at 40 prior to those moves.
Marshall, 23, never pitched for the Cubs. He was was claimed in December off the Yankees’ roster. The right-hander did appear in three games last season with New York.
Raley, 25, a sixth-round pick in 2009, has appeared in 14 games with the Cubs over two seasons. He was used as a starter in 2012 with the big league team but pitched in relief last season, compiling a 5.14 ERA in nine games.
The Cubs were expected to announce Hammel’s and McDonald’s signings on Thursday. Hammel, who has reportedly agreed to a $6 million, one-year deal, was the Orioles’ Opening Day starter last year, and finished 7-8 with a 4.97 ERA. He battled a right forearm strain that sidelined him from late July until early September. The last two seasons, the Cubs have signed free agents Paul Maholm and Scott Feldman and then flipped them at the Trade Deadline for prospects. If Hammel has success, that may be his fate as well.
McDonald, 29, spent last season with the Pirates.
— Carrie Muskat