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Reds, Sean Marshall working on multi-year extension

Feb 26, 2012, 12:35 PM EDT

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FOX Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi reports that the Reds are “making progress” toward a multi-year contract extension with setup man Sean Marshall. Morosi says the deal “could be announced early this week.”

Marshall was acquired via trade this offseason from the Cubs and hasn’t thrown a pitch yet in a major league game for the Reds, but he has a 2.45 ERA over his past 150 1/3 innings and is widely regarded as one of the most reliable relievers in baseball.

Marshall will become a free agent five days after the 2012 World Series if an extension is not completed.

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UPDATE, 12:41 PM: Marshall told the Cincinnati Enquirer‘s John Fay: “We may have something tomorrow.”

  1. thetruth113 - Feb 26, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    Brilliant move by Jocketty. You get a reliever who is as good as the best closers in the game and pay, presumably half price. I’m guessing something like 3 years, 15 million. Madson notwithstanding as he signed a one-year deal with the Reds in win it all now mode, the biggest farce in baseball right now is paying double to relievers of equal ability just because they were regularly pitching in the 9th inning instead of the 8th

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