Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Cubs, Reds Close to Deal?

Marshall

Two division rivals may be on the verge of swapping an arm for an arm...left-handed ones at that.

Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com is reporting the Reds have a trade in place that would send lefty Travis Wood and two minor leaguers to the Cubs in exchange for reliever Sean Marshall.

The deal is pending based on physical results from all four players.

Here is the excerpt taken from Levine's report:

"Wood, who turns 25 in February, was 6-6 with 4.84 ERA in 18 starts last season with the Reds. Wood beat the Cubs in his major league debut on July 1, 2010, allowing two runs on two hits in seven innings. He finished his rookie season 5-4 with a 3.51 ERA in 17 starts.

Wood pitched 10 games at Triple-A Louisville last season, going 2-3 with a 5.33 ERA.

Marshall, 29, could be used as a set-up man or as a possible closer, due to the fact Reds' closer Francisco Cordero is a free agent. Marshall was one of the top left-handed set-up men in baseball last season. Last season he went 6-6 with 2.20 ERA and had 34 holds, tied for second in the majors among left-handed relievers. That was also a single-season team record.

Marshall is set to make $3 million in 2012, and he will be a free agent after the season."

The move by Cincy comes just days after agreeing to arguably the biggest trade of the off-season when they acquired Mat Latos from the Padres. It's just another indication that GM Walt Jocketty and the Reds are pushing all their chips to the middle of the table in 2012 -- much like the Brewers did in 2011.

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