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Reds, Cubs close to dealing lefties

Posted on: December 21, 2011 4:55 pm
Edited on: December 21, 2011 6:05 pm
 


By C. Trent Rosecrans

After adding to the front of their rotation, the Reds are adding to the back of the bullpen, getting closer to acquiring Cubs lefty reliever Sean Marshall in return for left-handed starter Travis Wood and two prospects, CBSSports.com's Danny Knobler confirms.

Marshall, 29, has just seven career saves, but figures to be either the closer or set-up man for Cincinnati, which lost closer Francisco Cordero to free agency. Marshall was 6-6 with a 2.26 ERA with the Cubs last season, striking out 79 batters in 75 2/3 innings. He is signed through this season at $3.1 million in 2012 and will be a free agent after the season. He would join fellow lefty Bill Bray in the bullpen, as the team has said it expects Aroldis Chapman to move to the rotation.

Wood, who will be 25 next season, is 11-10 with a 4.18 ERA in 39 big league games and 35 starts. Last season he was 6-6 with a 4.84 ERA, striking out 76 batters in 106 innings. The Reds drafted Wood out of high school in the second round of the 2005 draft. He's under team control through the 2016 season and isn't arbitration-eligible until after the 2013 season.

The Reds sent three of their top 10 prospects to acquire Mat Latos and appear to be selling out for the 2012 race after watching their biggest divisional rivals lose major pieces with the Cardinals losing Albert Pujols and the Brewers facing a season without Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun facing a 50-game suspension.

The Cubs, on the other hand, appear to be listening to offers for just about anyone on their roster -- except for maybe Starlin Castro. Several sources have said the new Cubs brass now sees the state of the franchise as a long-term project and that there will be no real quick fix. David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com wrote the same thing on Wednesday, noting baseball officials say Chicago could be in for a "complete and total rebuild."

Wood would help the team long-term, even if he's nothing more than a fourth or fifth pitcher in Chicago, because he is affordable and under team control for so long. The Cubs could also try to deal closer Carlos Marmol, who is under contract through 2013 and outfielder Marlon Byrd, a free agent after the season, in an attempt to shed payroll and acquire prospects. However, finding takers that will take both money and give prospects could be tough for any of those names. The team's best trade chip is right-hander Matt Garza, who is under team control for the next two seasons. Based on what the Reds gave up for Latos, the Cubs could be tempted to move him for prospects -- the exact thing the previous regime gave up to get Garza.

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Comments

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 21, 2011 8:29 pm
 

Reds, Cubs close to dealing lefties

i could see him in setup.   He did well for the Cubs despite the fact that he was basically a "utility pitcher" acting as an emergency starter a long reliever and a setup man.  Though not flashy, he was effective however they used him.  Sad to see him go, but the Cubs are going nowhere this year so I get it. 



Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: December 21, 2011 7:41 pm
 

Reds, Cubs close to dealing lefties

Why don't the Reds just give up ALL their prospects? Are we cleaning the cupboards in Cincinnati?



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 7:23 pm
 

Reds, Cubs close to dealing lefties

This move gives the Reds a strong 1-2 lefty combo in the bullpen with Bray and Marshall.It also says they are serious about using Chapman as a starter, moving Wood to clear room among the starting candidates, while obtaining Marshall to replace Chapman from the left side in the bullpen.
Marshall was one of if not the top lefty reliever/ set up men last year.
This seem like it be a better move for the Reds then the Cubs



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: December 21, 2011 5:47 pm
 

Reds, Cubs close to dealing lefties

Not a big fan of this move for Cincy. I dont see Marshall as anymore than a setup man.


You dont see him as anymore then a setup man? Well thats what he is. A setup man. He really only helps good teams out, as good teams need strong bullpens. If you think you have a good team, you should like this move.



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: December 21, 2011 5:25 pm
 

Reds, Cubs close to dealing lefties

Not a big fan of this move for Cincy. I dont see Marshall as anymore than a setup man. Plus, he is only signed for 1 more year and lefty Wood is under control thru 2016 (he had a terrible year in 2011, but has some potential).

They should look at re-signing Cordero for a year or 2 for around $6 mil per IMO 



Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: December 21, 2011 5:21 pm
 

Reds, Cubs close to dealing lefties

This move gives the Reds a strong 1-2 lefty combo in the bullpen with Bray and Marshall.It also says they are serious about using Chapman as a starter, moving Wood to clear room among the starting candidates, while obtaining Marshall to replace Chapman from the left side in the bullpen.
Marshall was one of if not the top lefty reliever/ set up men last year.


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