The Cincinnati Reds officially annouced a trade on Friday with
the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs sent left-handed reliever Sean Marshall
to Cincinnati for left-hander Travis Wood, outfielder Dave Sappelt
and minor-leaguer Ronald Torreyes, the Reds released in a
Wood intrigued Cubs president Theo Epstein last season when
Epstein was GM of the Red Sox, sources said.
Marshall, 29, has been one of the game’s top left-handed
relievers the past two seasons. He will earn $3.1 million in 2012,
then become eligible for free agency.
Wood, 24, remains a pitcher of promise, but he endured two minor
league demotions last season, finishing 6-6 with a 4.84 ERA in 22
games, including 18 starts. He was expendable in part because of
the Reds’ recent acquisition of Mat Latos from the
The Reds’ rotation currently includes right-handers Latos,
Johnny Cueto, Bronson Arroyo, Mike Leake and Homer Bailey. The
acquisition of Marshall makes lefty Aroldis Chapman a stronger
candidate to start as well. Not counting Chapman, the Reds had just
one left-handed reliever, Bill Bray.
Marshall, who had a 2.26 ERA in 75 2/3 innings last season, will
likely be a setup man for the Reds. General manager Walt
Jocketty has said that the team continues to look for a closer; the
return of free agent Francisco Cordero remains a possibility.