It's like deja vu all over again for Jay Marshall. For the second straight year, Marshall has been…
Marshall Outrighted; A's Ink Pair
Earlier this off-season, the A's tried and failed to sneak left-handed reliever Jay Marshall off of the team's 40-man roster. Back in October, Marshall was claimed by the Boston Red Sox when the A's released him off of the 40-man roster. Marshall was re-claimed by Oakland last week when Boston released the submarine lefty off of the roster. Today, the A's announced that Marshall had been put through waivers once again. This time he cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Sacramento.
Marshall spent the entire 2007 season as part of the A's bullpen after being selected in the Rule 5 draft. He made 51 appearances for the A's. Marshall was likely to start the 2008 season in Triple-A Sacramento regardless of whether he was on the 25-man roster, as the A's are looking for Marshall to improve his change-up. Marshall had a 6.43 ERA in his rookie major league season. He had never pitched above A-ball before the 2007 season. There is now one open spot on the A's 40-man roster.
A's Ink Two To Minor League Deals
The A's also announced on Tuesday that they had come to terms with two more minor league free agents: infielder Brooks Conrad and left-handed pitcher Ryan Wing. Both players will be invited to major league spring training as non-roster players.
Conrad was an eighth round selection out of Arizona State by the Houston Astros in 2001. He spent the past seven seasons with the Astros, and parts of the past three years at Triple-A Round Rock. Conrad has reached the 20-homer plateau in each of his past three seasons. Last year, he hit 22 homers. In 2006, Conrad belted 24 homers and he had 15 triples and a .534 slugging percentage.
A second baseman for much of his career, Conrad can also play third base. He is a switch-hitter and a career .263 batter in 876 minor league games with an 812 OPS.
Wing was a second round selection by the Chicago White Sox in 2001. He has spent all but half of one season of his minor league career in the White Sox chain. The other half of a season was spent in the Texas Rangers chain. The left-hander battled shoulder problems in 2004 that caused him to have surgery and miss that season.
He was one of the White Sox top pitching prospects at the time of his shoulder problems, but didn't full recover until this past season. He went 6-6 with a 3.24 ERA in 114 innings for Double-A Birmingham in 2007. It was the first time he had reached the 100-inning plateau since 2003. Wing was fifth in the Southern League in ERA in 2007. He struck out 93 in 114 innings.
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