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