Yankees acquire pitcher Chris Martin from Rockies

The New York Yankees acquired Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Chris Martin on Tuesday.
The New York Yankees acquired Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Chris Martin on Tuesday.Tony Gutierrez — The Associated Press file photo

NEW YORK >> The Yankees have obtained pitching prospect Chris Martin from the Colorado Rockies for cash.

The 28-year-old right-hander made his big league debut with the Rockies last April and had a 6.89 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 15 2-3 innings over 16 relief appearances. He was 1-3 with a 4.39 ERA in 25 relief appearances last year at Triple-A Colorado Springs with 36 strikeouts in 26 2-3 innings.

The 6-foot-8 Martin had been designated for assignment last week to open a roster spot for catcher Nick Hundley.

To clear a spot on the 40-man roster Tuesday, the Yankees designated right-hander Gonzalez Germen for assignment.