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Reds GM Walt Jocketty says Sean Marshall “a possibility” to close

Dec 23, 2011, 8:47 PM EDT

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The Reds held a conference call earlier this afternoon to introduce Sean Marshall, who was acquired from the Cubs for Travis Wood, Dave Sappelt and Ronald Torreyes.

Marshall has primarily pitched in a set-up role over the past two seasons, but Jon Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Reds general manager Walt Jocketty didn’t dismiss the possibility that the southpaw could take over ninth-inning duties next season.

“It’s a possibility,” Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said. “We’re still talking with (Francisco) Cordero. If we don’t sign him or acquire a closer, we have several guys who we feel can go to that role and Sean would certainly be one of them.”

The Reds declined Cordero’s $12 million option for 2012 in late-October. The Red Sox have reportedly backed off the 36-year-old right-hander due to his desire for a multi-year contract and declining strikeout rate in 2011, so he’s running out of potential destinations to close. The Reds would receive a supplemental first-round pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft if he signs elsewhere.

Marshall is set to become a free agent himself next offseason, but Jocketty indicated that they are going to make every effort to sign him to an extension.

  1. baseballisboring - Dec 24, 2011 at 12:25 PM

    I’m sure he’d be a good closer, he gets guys out on both sides of the plate.

    It’s funny, if he pitches the 9th instead of the 8th next year he stands to like, triple the amount he would’ve gotten otherwise.

  2. metalhead65 - Dec 24, 2011 at 9:32 PM

    as areds fan I hope he does well but all bets are off now that he is pitching for dusty baker. ask chapmann what happens after you pitch 3 straight days and 4 innings in one of them. or cordero going 3 days in a row or any of the other reds relievers he messed up last year so he had to leave the starters in no matter how bad they were getting pounded because he had no one in the pen. my personal favorite is when he warms guys up then doesn’t bring them in and has them warn up again a couple of innings later and watch them get pounded when he does bring them in. maybe I would be more excited about the moves they have made if one of those moves had been getting a new manager.

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