Reds Close to Getting Sean Marshall from Cubs

by kelly on December 21, 2011

The Reds and Cubs are getting close on a trade that would send reliever Sean Marshall from  Chicago to Cincinnati for starting pitcher Travis Wood and two minor leaguers, Ken Rosenthal wrote in a piece for FOX Sports last night. Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago called the deal “close.”

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After getting starter Matt Latos last weekend in a blockbuster deal with San Diego, the Reds are now shifting their focus over to their bullpen. Marshall, 29, was 6-6 with a 2.26 ERA in 75 2/3 relief innings pitched last season. He will earn $3.1 million in 2012 in his final year before free agency eligibility.

Wood, 24, is expendable to the Reds with their deep starting pitching. He was a 2nd round draft pick in 2005 and has pitched two seasons in the big leagues for Cincinnati. Last season, he went 6-6 with a 4.84 ERA in 22 games, 18 of which were starts.


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