Marshall and Reds Nearing Agreement on Extension

by Matthew on February 26, 2012’s Jon Paul Morosi reported early Sunday that the Cincinnati Reds and  reliever Sean Marshall are making steps forward on a multi-year extension that could officially be announced early in the week ahead.

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Although the exact details of the deal remain unknown, there is speculation that Marshall will earn somewhere in the vicinity of $3.1 million in 2012, before hitting free agency just five days after the 2012 World Series.

The Reds acquired the 29-year old  via a trade this offseason with the Chicago Cubs in exchange for young lefty starter Travis Wood and two Minor Leaguers.

And although Marshall has yet to toss his first pitch in a major league game for the Reds, he has emerged as one of the better left-handed setup men in the league, boasting an impressive 2.45 ERA since the start of the 2010 season, and is widely regarded as one of the most reliable relievers in baseball.

He will make a nice addition to the Reds bullpen as a setup man for Ryan Madson this season.

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