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Reds, Cubs complete Marshall-Wood trade

Posted on: December 23, 2011 12:19 pm
Edited on: December 23, 2011 2:32 pm
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Dave SappeltBy C. Trent Rosecrans

The Reds and Cubs made the trade sending Sean Marshall to Cincinnati and Travis Wood to Chicago official on Friday, with the Reds also sending outfielder Dave Sappelt (right) and minor-league infielder Ronald Torreyes to the Cubs.

The deal had reportedly been agreed upon on Wednesday, thought neither Sappelt or Torreyes had been identified in reports at that point.

The Reds will get Marshall to help their bullpen, while Wood should step right into the Cubs' rotation.

"Sean is not the type of pitcher that we set out looking to trade. He does a lot of things that we like, on the field and off the field. He’s exactly the kind of guy we want to be a Cub," Cubs president Theo Epstein said on a conference call (via MLB.com's Mark Sheldon). "But, he had one year remaining on his contract until free agency, and under the new collective bargaining rules it’s unlikely that he’ll have any draft pick compensation attached to him. So rather than let him walk at the end of the year with essentially nothing in return, we felt turning him into a Major League starting pitcher who has five years of control was certainly worth doing, and obviously [we got] the two prospects on top of that." 

As for the other players, Sappelt played in 38 games for the Reds last season, hitting .243/.289/.318 in 118 plate appearances. The outfielder will turn 25 on Jan. 2. He hit .313/.377/.458 at Triple-A Louisville last season and is a .309/.362/.459 hitter in his minor-league career.  Torreyes is 5-foot-9, 140 pounds, but hit .356/.398/.457 as an 18-year-old at Low-A Dayton, mostly at second base.

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bingmook
Since: Dec 27, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 10:14 am
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Since: Mar 20, 2009
Posted on: December 26, 2011 7:13 pm
 

Reds, Cubs complete Marshall-Wood trade

Love the trade,Wood is a #4 maybe a #3.Marshall is a great LHP out of the pen can pitch to both sides of the plate.I would like to sign him ,but 1 year and a play off spot is ok by me.



Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: December 26, 2011 3:54 pm
 

Reds, Cubs complete Marshall-Wood trade

Travis Wood will be a successful pitcher for alot of years. I hope we can resign Marshall or this is a bad deal.  The 2 throw-ins are solid young prospects too.



Since: Mar 16, 2009
Posted on: December 25, 2011 10:34 am
 

Reds, Cubs complete Marshall-Wood trade

Win now or go home!  That must be the Reds motto this year.  They are trying to win and the window is open.  The Cardinals and the Brewers are not dead but they are not as good as they were at the end of the season.  



Since: May 26, 2007
Posted on: December 25, 2011 3:42 am
 

Reds, Cubs complete Marshall-Wood trade

Travis Wood is a COMPETITOR, and not "mediocre". Sappelt is a good player, also. The addition of Marshall, and Latos, gives the Reds some, more-DEPENDABLE competitors, even more. ... Votto had some trouble, with certain, left-handed pitchers, and Marshall was ONE of them. Volquez and his unpredictability (in the results) is gone, but the Reds can develop Homer B, Johnny C, Latos and others into really, fine starters. One of the REAL problems, is the strike-out ratio (statistics) of the very-talented Drew Stubbs, and other parts of the BATS.



Since: Aug 2, 2011
Posted on: December 24, 2011 11:40 pm
 

Reds, Cubs complete Marshall-Wood trade

Whatever people think of the Reds manager, if he can motivate the players to play above themselves and develop them in to a team that can compete



Since: Sep 29, 2006
Posted on: December 24, 2011 10:27 pm
 

Reds, Cubs complete Marshall-Wood trade

Did you see what the Nats gave up for Gonzalez?  How does Wood, Sappelt, and a low-A 2nd baseman even compare?  You, like many other Reds fans, must be high.  Beane would have taken the rest of our top ten prospects left from the Latos deal, if not more, to acquire Gio.  Wood is mediocre at best.  Sappelt is a career bench player, and Torreyes is a 19 year old gamble.  A lot for one year of a lefty bullpen arm?  Maybe.  But what if they extend him two or three more?  What if he turns into the 9th inning shutdown guy we need?  What if he helps us to a World Series?  Wood, Sappelt, and Torreyes weren't going to.  Might as well turn them into something we can use.  If the Reds become perennial playoff contenders and Joey Votto decides to stick around, you can look back to Walt "gutting our farm system" as to the reason why.  Standing pat didn't work last year.  Let's try something else for a change.



Since: Jul 31, 2008
Posted on: December 24, 2011 9:46 pm
 

Reds, Cubs complete Marshall-Wood trade

Cant believe the Reds couldnt have gotten Gio Gonzalez with that same deal. He would have made the Reds really strong in SP and might have meant the Reds could have dealt another SP for a bat. Latos, Gonzalez, Cueto, Arroyo and Leake sounds awful damn good. Could have traded Homer Bailey maybe for a stick and Chapman becomes the closer they need.



Since: Jul 31, 2008
Posted on: December 24, 2011 9:43 pm
 

Reds, Cubs complete Marshall-Wood trade

A stupid trade on the Reds part. Marshall was not worth 3 players let alone straight up for Wood. I know the Reds have plenty of SP but I would have gotten more than Marshall for Wood.


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Since: Dec 24, 2011
Posted on: December 24, 2011 12:36 pm
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