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Cubs trade Sean Marshall to Reds for Travis Wood, Dave Sappelt, and Ronald Torreyes

Dec 23, 2011, 12:05 PM EDT

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UPDATE: It’s a done deal.


It’s been a couple days since the Cubs and Reds reportedly agreed to a deal that would send Sean Marshall from Chicago to Cincinnati for Travis Wood and two unnamed prospects, and now Keith Law of says the trade will be announced at some point today.

Law also has the details, reporting that the Cubs will receive prospects Dave Sappelt and Ronald Torreyes in addition to Marshall, who’s expected to fill a setup role in Cincinnati despite the Reds’ current lack of a closer.

Marshall has emerged as one of the league’s elite relievers since moving to the bullpen full time in 2010, throwing 150 innings with a 2.45 ERA and 169/42 K/BB ratio. He’s the best player in the deal, but is also just one season away from free agency.

Wood’s upside isn’t as high, but he projects as a solid mid-rotation starter and at age 24 is under team control through 2016. Neither Torreyes nor Sappelt were among the Reds’ top 10 prospects according to Baseball America, so the swap is definitely built around Marshall for Wood, but Sappelt is an MLB-ready outfielder and Torreyes is a 19-year-old infielder who posted some big numbers at Single-A.

If the Reds can get Marshall signed beyond 2012 that would change things, but from the Cubs’ point of view getting a young, cheap mid-rotation starter and a pair of solid prospects for a reliever one year away from free agency is pretty nice work.

  1. stumblebum76 - Dec 23, 2011 at 12:35 PM

    As usual, the Reds gave way too much for a pitcher who will be gone in a year. Give ’em away as fast as you can, Walt!

  2. cintiphil - Dec 23, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    This benefits the Reds more than people think. The Reds had more than 15 blown saves in the 8th & 9th innings last season. If you count the 7th inning, they blew more than 20 leads. The move for Marshall is hoped to improve that by at least half. With 10-15 more games won, that is a very big affect. it puts them in the hunt for the division for the whole year, rather than folding early in August or Sept. All a team has to do is stay close or lead through Sept. Look what the cards did in 2011, and they weren’t even that close to the
    Wild C., much less the division title.

    • paperlions - Dec 23, 2011 at 1:16 PM

      It will not improve by 1/2 or anything approaching 1/2. Relievers simply don’t have that big of an effect. In addition, all blown saves don’t lead to losses, indeed, many do not.

      Cinci’s team leaders in blown saves were Cordero and Massett, each with 6. Marshall had 4 blown saves last year. Assuming Marshall stays excellent, you can probably hope for 2 or 3 fewer blown saves and 1 or 2 more wins.

      • cintiphil - Dec 23, 2011 at 3:03 PM

        The numbers I reported are the LOSSES after a lead. It will improve the numbers by at least 1/2. Read the stats for yourself. The Reds had a problem early with Cordero blowing saves, then mid relief/set up man, losing the lead after 7 innings for LOSSES. You can check this out for yourself, if interested.

      • paperlions - Dec 23, 2011 at 3:38 PM

        The Reds only had 22 blown saves all year, and they allegedly lost 20 games when leading after 7? They only blew 22 saves all year….and there is no way that one reliever is going to cut those 22 blown saves in 1/2….blown saves can occur anytime after the 5th inning after the starter is out of the game, there is just no way for one guy to have that big of an effect, even a closer, when pitching only 75 innings/year.

  3. tashkalucy - Dec 23, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    You hooo……

    Manny signs with Cubs.

    • cintiphil - Dec 23, 2011 at 12:44 PM

      Who cares?

    • jwbiii - Dec 23, 2011 at 7:42 PM

      That post is over here

  4. sfs1 - Dec 23, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    Ugh. I was fine when it was Wood + spare parts, but Torreys slaps the ball everywhere and plays middle infield and Sappelt can play anywhere in the OF at the MLB level TODAY. Reds over did it, unless we find out Marshall agreed to extend his deal.

  5. contraryguy - Dec 23, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    I hope Sappelt gets a more appropriate slot to bat in than the #2 Dusty put him in most of the time. .286 OBP, no steals in 65 PA in that slot. Good glove though.

  6. johnnyb1976 - Dec 23, 2011 at 3:26 PM

    I’m more upset that Wood is in this deal than sappelt & a prospect. Reds overpaid on this one.

  7. metalhead65 - Dec 23, 2011 at 8:02 PM

    so in response to not getting any deals done during the meetings walt is going to trade farm system away?he just helped the rebuilding of the cubs proceed alot faster. sappelt will be their starting centerfielder in 2 yeras if not sooner and as long as he is not batting leadoff and will be a fine hitter. wood will win between 15-17 games for them and that infielder will be in the majors in 2 years. and wait for the big annoucement of the signing of the former cards ankiel or ludwig to be overpaid to not put up the numbers Heisey did last year in less at bats than either of them. but they played for walt’s beloved cardinals back when they were good so they will put the reds over the top. why am I dreading next season so much?

    • paperlions - Dec 24, 2011 at 9:14 AM

      If they keep Walt around, get used to Reds prospects rarely making it to the team….as far as he is concerned, they are assets to trade for “reliable” veterans.

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