Yankees claim Jeff Marquez

Updated: June 8, 2011, 10:42 PM ET
By Doug Padilla | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- With Jake Peavy going on the disabled list Wednesday, the White Sox would have preferred to bring back right-hander Jeff Marquez.

Lucas Harrell joined the club instead after the Yankees claimed Marquez off waivers.

Marquez was designated for assignment this week when Mark Teahen was activated from the disabled list. Because Marquez is out of minor league options he had to pass through waivers first before being sent down.

The Yankees jumped at the opportunity to reclaim a former player. He came to the White Sox in the 2008 trade that sent Nick Swisher to New York. Marquez was a former 41st overall pick by the Yankees in 2004.

General manager Kenny Williams joked that he gave Yankees' GM Brian Cashman a piece of his mind. "He got a message," Williams said.

"That's the risk you take," Williams said. "That's the great thing that the association agreement allows for the players that you can only keep them so long before their rights take over. In this case it was to become a free agent, to go through the waiver process. It gives guys second chances."

Williams was asked if he thought Marquez would be claimed.

"No I didn't," he said.

Doug Padilla covers the White Sox for ESPNChicago.com.

Doug Padilla

Chicago White Sox beat reporter
Doug joined ESPN Chicago in July 2010 and covers the Chicago White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.