Cubs trade Marshall to Reds

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

statement.

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

Padres.

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.