12/21 Possible Reds-Cubs deal

The Cubs and Reds are reportedly close to a trade which would send reliever Sean Marshall to the Reds for starter Travis Wood and two Minor Leaguers. FOX Sports and ESPN.com are both reporting the possible deal. Wood, 24, was 6-6 with a 4.84 ERA in 2 games, including 18 starts last season. He became expendable after the Reds acquired Mat Latos from the Padres. Marshall, 29, has been one of the top left-handed relievers in baseball the last two seasons, posting a 2.26 ERA over 75 2/3 innings in 2011.

Why trade such a valuable player as Marshall? The lefty is one year away from free agency while Wood would be under Cubs control through 2016. The Cubs also have James Russell and Scott Maine plus prospect Jeff Beliveau who could compete for the lefty set-up role. Beliveau was named the Cubs’ Minor League pitcher of the year after he held hitters to a .192 average in 53 appearances.

Wood made his Major League debut at Wrigley Field on July 1, 2010, and gave up two hits over seven innings. He made one other start there in 2010 on Aug. 8, and picked up the win, giving up three earned runs on four hits over 6 1/3 innings.

 – Carrie Muskat

10 Comments

Jabbers about rading Marshall, jabbers about trading Garza, now who pray tell are going to pitch for the Cubs in 2012?

Travis Wood. Someone please tell me this will not happen. Marshall is one of the best relievers in the national league. Wood was Cincys sixths starter last year. If this does go down then we better be getting some great prospects. Todd Frazier would give Stewart some competition at third, but I still see this as a bad deal. Keep Marshall until the trading deadline when contenders need a lefty out of the pen. When our ship starts sinking then it is time to go overboard, but getting rid of Marshall and Garza before the season already looks like the cubs won’t compete next year.

bad news… my favourite player is back and second favourite is leaving……….. no Sean is worth more than a Reds cast-off. For heavens sake Theo wake up!

this is ridiculous… this better be setting us up for a mega trade by gathering up some spects. Why would you trade the best setup man in the NL? For a 6th starter…

A three for one deal, one year before Marshall hits free agency and the Cubs are not expected to win next season anyway. Sounds like Epstein is doing his thing, that’s all. Maybe Epstein has some great inside info on the Reds’ players. Why else trade within your own division? Because we will not challenge the Reds for a few years anyway, that’s why. If this trade happens, Theo deserves the benefit of the doubt. Let’s not forget that Ricketts obtained him to do some radical changing.

Off the bat, this looks like an awful deal, unless the prospects are a couple of studs. Wood has been an optional starter for the Reds for 2 years and has not really preformed well. Where as, Marshall has been one of THE MOST dependable bullpen arms in the entire league for the last 2 years. The article talks about the possible lefties the Cubs have to take over for Marshall, but they SUCK. F James Russell. For the last 4 or 5 years we’ve been hearing about how much pitching depth the Cubs have in the minors, yet NONE of them have panned out. Granted a few guy were probably called up before they were ready, but still. Who is evaluating this talent? Every guy they have brought up over the last 2 or 3 years has been AWFUL. Mateo, Berg, Coleman, Russell? Really? I have not seen anything out of these guys that would make me think the Cubs are going to be fine when it comes to pitching over the next few years. Samardzja, after completely over paying for him, had his best season last year in a very limited role and I see Carpenter and Cashner (if he can stay healthy) becoming solid MLBers, but beyond that, I’m not real pleased with the “talent” the Cubs have been producing on the mound. Now you’re going to replace one of the best left handed relievers IN THE GAME, who’s only 29, with a 6th starter from the Reds? It doesn’t make sense. Not only that, we now have this guys contract for the next 5 years. It may be a cheap contract, but you shouldn’t be picking up 5 year contracts for second rate players. I want to trust Theo and his methods, but this just does not make sense to me.

Being under team control is NOT the same as being under contract. There is absolutely no guaranteed money involved and the Cubs do not have to make an offer someone who is under team control year to year, they can cut ties at any point in time. Since we don’t know who the prospects are, at this point it is impossible to fully evaluate this trade. It also seems to be ignored that any or all of these moves could be part of a bigger move or trade; only time will tell.

Maybe it is because, as Sean states, the Cubs farmhands suck so Theo is re-stocking using the few attractive players available. I’m with Shea on this, time will tell and I won’t get upset if we trade the best reliever on our team since he would be wasted on this team. Apparently Theo sees an absolute need to re-build with some minor leaguers. Who can be shocked by this? We have all seen how the previous regime has handled the farm system.

If they make this trade the two prospects the Reds give, better be amongst the Reds top ten prospects.

Theo your a dumb f**K for even thinking about trading Sean Marshall, man was I ever wrong I do miss Jim Hendry now, First you trade Tyler Colvin and D.J. LeMaheui and now its going to be Sean Marshall.

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