Might the Reds be looking to deal injury-plagued reliever Sean Marshall?
According to Troy Renck of The Denver Post, the Reds have had "multiple talks" with the Reds about a trade involving the southpaw. Colorado is reportedly seeking ways to improve its bullpen and they view Marshall as a possible solution.
Renck reported that a deal "appeared close" on Monday night. However, the swap is "idling" as of now.
The 31-year-old Marshall is under contract for the new two seasons at $12 million. He appeared in just 16 games a year ago due to ailing shoulder issues. If the Reds are looking to shed some salary, Marshall be certainly be one of the players to consider moving.
Cincinnati originally acquired Marshall in December 2011 in a trade with the Chicago Cubs. At the time, Marshall had gained a reputation of being one of the most dependable and durable relievers in baseball. Although that could still be the case, considering his increasing age and increasing vulnerability to injury, coupled with his lucrative salary for a reliever, it might be wise for the Reds to part ways with him. Especially when you consider they already have Manny Parra and Aroldis Chapman as left-handed options in the bullpen. It will be intriguing to see what the Reds can get in return if they do in fact trade Marshall.
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