The Athletics signed Justin Duchscherer to a one-year deal earlier this week, and I praised the move. Of course, Duchscherer's signing took up a 40-man roster spot, and someone thus had to go. It turns out that the odd man out is LHP Jay Marshall, who was a Rule 5 draft pick in 2007 by Oakland. He stuck with the A's in a low-leverage role that year, and briefly resurfaced in the green and gold in September of 2009 after spending time at Double-A Midland and Triple-A Sacramento. Marshall is the sort of guy who doesn't really fit in the American League style of play. As this article's picture shows, he's a 6'5" lefty with an extremely low arm angle. Marshall couldn't throw his fastball through a piece of paperùit often fails to even touch 80 mph on the radar gun. His sweeping slider often c ...
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