According to a report from Ken Rosenthal, the Cubs and Reds are discussing a possible swap of lefties … Sean Marshall for Travis Wood. Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi are not sure whether other players might also be part of the deal.
The Reds are looking for bullpen help and Theo Epstein has shown interest in Travis Wood in the past.
Updated 11:52pm – According to Bruce Levine, the Cubs and Reds are close on completing the deal that would send Sean Marshall to Cincinnati for Travis Wood and two minor leaguers. Sean Marshall is seen as one of the best left handed setup men in the game. Marshall is signed through next season ($3.1 million) the last year of the two-year contract he signed to avoid arbitration last winter.
Marshall posted a 6-6 record with a 2.26 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP in 78 games last season. Marshall also saved five games.
Travis Wood, the soon-to-be 25 year old southpaw (February 6), is coming off an inconsistent season in which he posted a 6-6 record in 22 games, 18 starts, with a 4.84 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP. Wood struck out 76 batters with 40 walks in 106 innings.
Wood made his big league debut against the Cubs on July 1, 2010 and owns a 8-4 road record in 24 games, 22 starts with a 3.58 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP.
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