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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,'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 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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Since: Jun 27, 2007
Posted on: December 23, 2011 1:08 am

Reds, Cubs close to dealing lefties

Marshall is seen, according to most experts, as the best LH ALL of baseball. The Reds are obviously gearing up to WIN in this upcoming season.  In order to do that, you need PROVEN performers.  Wood is a prospect who has some upside....he might be good in 3 or 4 yrs.  Marshall is a stud now!!! Earning like 3 million. Thats why the Reds made this move. Same deal with Latos.  The Reds want to win now.  They are rolling the dice and getting proven horses...and not waiting around for 4 yrs for prospects to become something more than prospects.  You saw the Cards get Berkman last yr?  You see the Cards get Beltran this year?  They are trying to win now. You either trade or sign a free agent, if you want to win now. Cubs clearly are getting prospects, as they have only 4 good players on their 25 man roster.  Well they had 4.  They now have two.  Garza and Castro.  Neither of which is a superstar (Carpenter, Wainwright, Votto are examples of superstars).  Cubs did not sign Ramirez to a two or 3 yr deal, so now he will bash Cubs pitching.  After 2012 Cubs get rid of Zambrano and his 18 million salary and Pena's contract (Cubs still owe him like 6 million even though he is a FA now).  Using the extra money the Cubs are saving now (Ramirez 16 Million and Z and Pena and Dempster and his 14 Mil) that's about 55 million more they are saving in just those 4.  Cubs will have one player in Alfonso Soriano that they still owe money to, big money that is.  But after this upcoming season, you will see the Cubs use ALL or most of the prospects they are getting this yr, and parley many of them in trades next yr for proven stars....Just like the Reds are doing now.  Because they will be able to afford to sign some big name FA, or even trade for guys under contract already. My opinion.  The Reds might win the division as they are getting stronger, while St L got weaker and so did the Brewers.

Since: Jan 3, 2010
Posted on: December 22, 2011 6:53 pm

Reds, Cubs close to dealing lefties

Trading one very ave pitcher for another, who cares?

Since: Jan 26, 2007
Posted on: December 22, 2011 6:09 pm

Reds, Cubs close to dealing lefties

If the prospects have any value, this is a great trade for the Cubs. Marshall might be an excellent lefty releiver, but look at it this way;

Marshall pitches one maybe two innings three or four times a week. Wood will pitch six or seven innings every five days. Cubs needed a left handed starter desperatly. Russell goes back to the bullpen where he is a decent situational lefty. Samardjia takes over Marshalls role in the bullpen. All is well in Wrigleyville!

Since: Jul 31, 2008
Posted on: December 22, 2011 5:06 pm

Reds, Cubs close to dealing lefties

I dont see why the Reds want Marshall and I sure as heck wouldnt give up Wood and two more prospects. Jocketty is trading the farm for nothing. He gave up too much Latos and now he's doing it in this deal. Id keep Wood he is only 24 and Arroyo is on the down side of his career. Jocketty needs to get some value out of these deals before he ends up giving away the entire farm. Hey why dont you trade Dusty back to the Cubs. He is worthless as a manager. Doesnt hit and run, wont steal a base, ruins good arms. He needs to go!

Since: Oct 21, 2010
Posted on: December 22, 2011 4:20 pm

Reds, Cubs close to dealing lefties

Not sure what you people don't understand about a LONG TERM rebuilding process. Yes Marshall has been a great pitcher for the Cubs, but he's 29 and Wood is 24 with plenty of potential. Not to mention we get some prospects to boot. 
The Cubs aren't working on getting to the WS this year, but once we develop our farm system pool that Hendry dried up, we will be solid from the ground up. 
Just my two cents... 

Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: December 22, 2011 3:15 pm

Reds, Cubs close to dealing lefties

I have been a Cubs fan since 1968.  But I am sick and tired of seeing the Cubs make some real stupid trades.  Marshall has been such a bright spot.  Now they get rid of him for an unproven pitcher.  Heck he could have started.  My displeasure for the Cubs have been brewing ever since they let Mark Grace go.  Then they sign Sosa for so much and didn't keep the hits and doubles leader of the 90's.  Then they sign Zambrano for millions more than they should.  Sign Bradley to a stupid contract.  SIGN SORIANO.  How stupid is this organization?   SO tired of the stupid decisions they make.  Get a manager with no experience.  STUPID>>>>>>>&

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: December 22, 2011 2:20 pm

Reds, Cubs close to dealing lefties

The Reds are getting one of the top line lefty relievers in either league.  They don't grow on trees.  also - he is a workhorse and has developed fine control.  he will be reliable and eat up those innings from the starter to the end of the game on a regular basis.  he is a lot more than a situational lefty.  Check out his work load the last two years - and his improved walk rate.  he is just hitting his peak now.

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: December 22, 2011 2:08 pm

Reds, Cubs close to dealing lefties

Hi.  Initially, this will help the Reds more because Sean Marshall is a fully developed relief pitcher.  he is pitching at his peak right now.  However, Travis Wood did a fine job at the end of 2010.  He is smart on the mound and tends to limit damage.  He should make a fine back of the rotation starter for many years.
i don't knwo who the two minor league players will be -
but Wood should develop into a fine pitcher.

Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 1:37 pm
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Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: December 22, 2011 12:41 pm

Reds, Cubs close to dealing lefties

I agree MM. I'm just not sold on this trade at all. I know Wood may not have progressed like they hoped last year, but there were games he showed damn good stuff. Add to this the Latos deal and I have to believe Jockety knows more than I do.

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