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Reds sign Sean Marshall to $16.5 million extension

Feb 27, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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Two months after acquiring him from the Cubs the Reds have signed Sean Marshall to a three-year contract extension, which keeps the 29-year-old reliever from hitting the open market as a free agent next offseason.

Marshall was already under contract for $3.1 million this season, which is his final year of arbitration eligibility, so the extension will buy out his first three years of free agency and keep him in Cincinnati through 2015. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that it’s worth $16.5 million.

Marshall has somewhat quietly been one of the best left-handed relievers in baseball since shifting to the bullpen full time in mid-2009 and has a 2.67 ERA with 228 strikeouts in 219 career innings as a reliever.

  1. metalhead65 - Feb 27, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    so the reds have the time and money to lock up a guy who has not yet thrown a pitch for them but can’t do either for one of thier best players and second baseman in the game? wonder what washed up ex-cardinal walt has in mind to replace him when he leaves?

    • roadwearyaaron - Feb 27, 2012 at 3:23 PM

      Give it a rest once in a while, man. They just signed one of the best setup guys in baseball and you’re complaining? BP deserves the money he wants, but, at his age, it’s not a wise move for the Reds if they want to have any hope of signing Votto long-term.

      • metalhead65 - Feb 27, 2012 at 4:01 PM

        right because at 30 he is over the hill. not saying lock him to a 5-6 year deal but a 3-4 year one would be perfect. as for votto when you are talking the amount it will take to keep him the 50 mil it will take to keep phillips is a drop in the bucket and will have no effect on his deal.

      • jwbiii - Feb 27, 2012 at 5:20 PM

        It seems that is the hold up, metalhead65

        “That’s part of what complicates it, the number of years that he wants and what we feel comfortable doing,” Jocketty said.

      • roadwearyaaron - Feb 27, 2012 at 6:10 PM

        I agree 3-4 years would be perfect for the team but I’m under the impression that he’s looking for something longer. And because it’s the Reds, money committed to BP would definitely affect their offer to Votto.

        I just wanted to suggest that you appreciate a good signing for once, instead of being negative. If they let BP and Votto both walk, then I’ll join you in the rage-filled posts following the inevitable signing of Skip Schumaker.

    • stlouis1baseball - Feb 27, 2012 at 4:24 PM

      Your glass is still half-empty huh?

    • ruehlmann - Feb 27, 2012 at 4:39 PM

      You’re right–what a perfectly sane way to look at this. The fact that the Reds had $16M to spread over 3 seasons is clear proof that they REALLY had $250M to spread over 8 seasons, but just stubbornly refused to spend it. I’ve been saying something similar to my town council for years: the fact that they have enough money to mow the grass at the public school twice a month is slam dunk proof they also could afford to build me a mansion-sized refrigerator full of beluga caviar. Can you BELIEVE they think I’m a crank??!!

      Also, kudos for pointing out that Marshall hasn’t thrown a pitch for the Reds. As all real fans know, prior MLB experience has no predictive value for future MLB performance: if you haven’t worn a team’s uniform yet, none of those numbers count.

  2. dgs2012 - Feb 29, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    This is clearly a sign that the Reds are grooming him to be the future closer … especially with Ryan Madson only having a 1 year contract. It seems like a lot of money for a setup man … granted he held lefties to a .206 average but right handers hit .249. I just finished up a preview of the Reds on my blog, and I think they have a legit chance to win 90+ games if they stay healthy.

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    Thanks !

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