|Sean Marshall Glamour Shot courtesy of Cincinnati.com|
It seemed crucial that the Reds extend Marshall considering the amount they gave up for him. He came to the Reds in a December trade that sent Travis Wood, Dave Sappelt, and Ronald Torreyes to the Chicago Cubs. He is expected to fill the left-hand setup role in the bullpen this year, as Aroldis Chapman prepares for a move to the starting rotation. Marshall, along with Bill Bray, comprise a formidable left-handed duo for the Reds' bullpen.
In Marshall, the Reds acquired one of the best left-handed relief pitchers in baseball. Last year, he was 6-6 with a 2.26 ERA in 78 games. He struck out 79 while walking just 17 in 75.2 innings. By locking him up through 2015, the Reds also hope to have provided themselves with a cost-effective solution to the closer's role in the future. Marshall has saved seven career games, including five last season, and figures to get opportunities in 2012 if new closer Ryan Madson is unable to do so. Walt Jocketty expressed his confidence in Marshall and added some high praise, as stated on Reds.com
"No. 1, he is a quality person and I think he's going to add a lot to our franchise and organization for at least four years," Jocketty said. "You look at the quality of his work. He's one of the top setup guys in the game. And we'll have flexibility with him in the future if we want to use him as a closer. That will be determined as we go down the road."
This seems to be a good very move by the Reds. They keep the tall left-hander around, while he appears to be in the prime of his career. He should prove to be a very high quality addition to the Reds both on and off the field.