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According to multiple sources, the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds are in deep discussions about a deal that would send lefty reliever Sean Marshall to the Reds in exchange for pitcher Travis Wood and prospects.

Both Bruce Levine and Ken Rosenthal reported the talks a few hours ago, and a team source just confirmed it to me. I’m told the talks are quite serious, and a deal could even be announced as early as today.

It was just yesterday that the prospect of trading Sean Marshall – something that’s been lightly suggested for a while – became a cold possibility. Having missed out on Yu Darvish, it was conceivable that the Cubs would move toward a more “sell” mentality, and it’s possible that we’re now seeing that happen with Marshall as the first piece.

Marshall, as discussed yesterday, is a free agent after this year, in which he’ll make just over $3 million. For one of the clear best relievers in the game, he’s a bargain. That he should net the Cubs a very good return goes without saying. And, to be fair, given his role and contract situation, trading him doesn’t necessary signal an imminent dive bomb into the 2012 season.

As for the return on Marshall, Wood makes an interesting centerpiece. A lefty with just one year of service time, Wood debuted in 2010, and put up a 116 ERA+ in a half season at age 23. He had a 3.51 ERA and a strikingly good 1.081 WHIP that year, with a 3.31 K/BB ratio. He couldn’t keep it up in 2011, though. In another half year, his ERA ballooned to 4.84, his WHIP to 1.491, his walk rate went up, and his K rate went down. The Reds’ trade for Mat Latos this weekend made Wood expendable, if he was even going to crack the rotation at all in 2012.

Drafted by the Reds in 2005 in the second round out of high school, Wood, who will turn 25 in February, was a consistently good minor league pitcher as he worked his way through the Reds’ system. Until his 2011 hiccup – not only did he regress in his time in the big leagues, he struggled at AAA – Wood had the look of the kind of pitching prospect you’d be thrilled to get for Sean Marshall. In that regard, he certainly makes sense as a “buy low” candidate for Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer. The kind of player they say they like to target.

Bruce Levine says the Cubs would also be getting prospects for Marshall, but, despite Marshall’s superiority as a reliever, I have a hard time seeing the Cubs getting top prospects in addition to a young, lefty starter who has had success at the big league level, and who isn’t even arbitration-eligible until 2014. Perhaps they could get a couple decent, high upside kids – ones they could include in a deal to the Padres for Anthony Rizzo, perhaps? – but I don’t think we’d see the Cubs taking anyone from the Reds’ top ten prospect list.

Obviously we’ll have more on this as it develops, which, again, could be as soon as later today. The Cubs will presumably be making a number of calls to other teams – if they haven’t already – to tell them that this is their last chance to make a knockout offer for Marshall.

When calculating Marshall’s value, don’t forget: if he’s on the same team for all of 2012, and then leaves via free agency (after an offer of a one-year contract worth the average of the top 125 salaries in the game (about $12 million), which he might decline), he will net his team two high draft picks.

  • Eric

    Up early I see Brett. I’m at working trying to pass the time.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Didn’t intend to be. Checked my phone during one of my daughter’s waking periods throughout the night, saw that the Marshall stuff was picking up steam (and heard from a source), and figured I’d better get to work.

  • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

    For an object lesson in how fans overvalue their own players and prospects (we do it, too), you should note that throughout the Reds’ blogoverse, fans are decrying the idea that the Reds would give up Wood for Marshall. Ridiculous, they call it. If prospects are involved, they should be coming from the Cubs.

    It’s always important to keep that perspective when trying to value your own players. Remember: Marshall is incredibly awesome … for a reliever who is under control for only one more year.

    • ferrets_bueller

      Last night I happened to do some googling of this deal just for the heck of it, and could not believe the ridiculous reactions from Cubs fans on other sites.  It was as if we were trading away Albert Pujols in his prime or something.

  • Bryan

    Is this the beginning of a fire sale? Really hope we land Rizzo

    • Kyle

      It pretty much has to be. You don’t trade an awesome reliever to a division rival if you have any plans of winning the division this year.

      Well, if that’s what we’re doing, let’s do it gung-ho. I don’t mind Marshall for Wood at all. There’s some real upside there and you are trading 1 season for five cheap ones.

  • Ankur

    I absolutely love this trade (if it goes through). Cubs getting rid of Marshall at the peak of his value and saving a ton of dough. Oh, and Wood seems to be a younger Marshall.

  • W_Francisco

    I’ll miss Marshall but I agree with the trade, I think Wood has some upside with proper coaching. This means the Cubs are most certainly looking to trade Garza as much as I would love them to keep him…but since he is in his prime of his career and the Cubs are obviously a few years away from competing hardcore, I would see why getting prospects in return would help the team down the road….I must have patience.

    Do or do not, there is no try.

  • Dumpman

    Brett,

    Do you sources say anything about a possible flip of Wood + for Rizzo?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      No, I haven’t heard anything about that (that is to say, no connection between this deal, and a Rizzo deal). Obviously, the Cubs are still interested in Rizzo.

    • JasonB

      I wonder if this could be a possibility.  I like Wood’s numbers for the most part – good control, misses some bats and really solid command with 3+ K/BB, which is a number that always strikes my attention.  The one number that sticks out to me in a bad way though is his GB% – with a rate of 30-35%, he is a fly ball pitcher, which is always going to hurt him in offensive ballparks.  He also never had a GO/AO ratio higher than 1 in the high minors so history says he is a fly ball pitcher.  And in Petco lots of those fly balls will go to die.

      Not saying it will happen but he could be someone the Pads are attracted to.

  • Jb1908

    I really feel you have been spot on with your thoughts of trading marmol and Marshall. The cubs for years has over valued seemingly worth pieces of their organization because they have good players. Confusing I know but there is no reason to have fantastic specialists on your team when the main cogs are worthless.

    There should be only one goal for this organization, one. If the cubs can clean up payroll and rebuild a terrible farm system that has produced two decent position player since the mid 80s(Eventhough I’m not a big grace fan, grace and castro).

    The red sox and Yankees don’t build their teams through free agency, the finish off their teams with free agency. In the Yankees run, Jeter, posada, Bernie Williams, cano, rivera, Hughes have kept the team on track. Then the Yankees finish up their core by adding Tex and other players. Same with the red sox with pedoria and youkilis. The yanks and sox have started to struggle because they have gotten aggressive with their moves to capitalize on players closing windows.

    Player development is what makes a great organization. That is what has held the cubs up for decades. I think Colvin will be a horse in Colorado but we couldn’t find a place for him. I remember neck perez being run out there when the cubs 15 out wondering what they were doing.

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    • Ankur

      I completely agree. I’d also add that the genius in trading Marshall a year before free-agency is that he will be a completely overvalued specialist. For some reason, the baseball market still overvalues these pieces (Mike Adams, Heath Bell, Papelbon, etc, etc).

      Theo, thankfully, seems to be dumping into that market instead of buying from it. Think of how refreshing this is compared to buying a Grabow.

    • MoneyBoy

      jb — in an interesting side note, your comment about FA and drafting mirrors what Mike Mulligan says in this mornings Tribune about the Packers and Bears … and how one teams success in the draft and the others failures have changed their respective fortunes.

  • Jb1908

    Btw reds worst organization in baseball. The are the cubs of old and are going to waste votto. That volquez trade giving up ex cub Scott Hamilton now looks pretty stupid.

    • King Jeff

      That’s multiple time MVP Josh Hamilton, and he was never really a part of the Cubs. The only reason that they took him in the rule 5 draft was because they had a pre-arranged deal with the Reds for him. I’m not sure how the Reds turning Volquez into Matt Latos makes the Hamilton deal look any worse, they really have nothing to do with each other.

  • Kansas Cubs Fan

    I’m a fan of the Cubs going after Rizzo, but have you heard anything about Ike Davis?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Only that the Mets had an extraordinarily high asking price on him.

      • Kansas Cubs Fan

        Yeah I read that a while back. Just wondering if there had been any not very solid rumors floating around. Thanks though!

  • TT

    Brett, with the new CBA, I don’t think Marshall nets his new team two picks. A quick search couldn’t clarify if it means “teams don’t give up their own picks on Type A relievers” or “Type A relievers get you nothing, not even sandwich picks”, but it seems it’s definitely a 1 or nothing type deal.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      The reliever disctintion was a one-year gap filler for this year only. Going forward, you can get compensation for any free agent so long as you offer him a one-year contract worth the average of the top 125 players’ salaries in the game (about $12 million). If he signs elsewhere, you get that team’s first rounder (unless it’s in the top 10, in which case you get their second rounder) and another pick at the end of the first round. If Marshall pitches well again this year, I would imagine Marshall could get a three or four year deal worth much more than $12 million (though, obviously, for a smaller annual value). It’s not a lock, but it’s a part of the consideration.

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        I updated the post to make the situation a little more clear.

  • cubsklm

    How does Wood affect Maholm?

    • EtotheR

      Good question…would be nice to see them do both.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Good question (jinx). Probably depends on what the Cubs plan to do with Zambrano and Wells, not to mention Garza.

      • JB88

        Well if the idea is that the Cubs want to have 7-10 starting MLB-calibur pitchers, Maholm probably still makes sense. Perhaps the Cubs use him as their long relief man. Frankly, with an offense as morbid as the Cubs’ is going to look this year, they are going to need all the pitching they can get.

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

          Yeah. It’s too bad 10 decent pitchers don’t make five awesome pitchers (Voltron-style).

          • Jeff

            Maybe they could change the rules just for the Cubs allowing us to have two pitchers on the mound at the same time. That way we could baffle the hitter by throwing two baseball at him. It would work if we had the equal amount of left and right handed pitchers :)

  • EtotheR

    It’s always hard for me to trade the guys I like…especially when they really are developmental successes like Marshall. I think we’re all more attached to the guys we’ve watched come up through the system, and develop themselves into real success.

    I have always wondered why we never gave Marshall more time to develop as a starter. He came up as one…I always thought that he might have gotten pigeon-holed as a reliever while he was working out his kinks. Could also be that relief is where he belongs…

    That said…I was just looking up Travis Wood, and he’s exactly the kind of guy you would think about taking for Marshall. His minor league numbers are awesome, and he’s already shown flashes of brilliance in the Major Leagues. Ya gotta do it.

  • Bren

    So he’s the best lefty reliever in the league and we have to settle for a “buy-low” option…I think Theo might be drinking too much of his own Kool-Aid; if ever there was an asset to leverage, it would be an elite left handed reliever. So why settle for a buy-low guy, and I’d hardly call half a decent season a “success”

    • Kansas Cubs Fan

      Before everyone freaks out go here to see what Reds fans think of it:

      http://redlegnation.com/2011/12/20/reds-cubs-talking-trade/#comments

      • King Jeff

        I see that it is entirely possible to make a good baseball trade that helps both teams and have both sets of fans hate the trade and think that their team is getting ripped off. It almost makes it seem like a fair deal without even looking at the details.

        • http://cubbiekingdom.wordpress.com hansman1982

          The best deals always have both sides thinking they were ripped off.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      If you think of Wood as a prospect, he’d probably be one of the top 20 pitching prospects in the game. Does that help? It’s all context. The years of control is obviously the big thing, but I’m just trying to give another way to think about it.

      • Bren

        I suppose I was thinking they’d be able to maximize his value a bit more, especially given how sought after effective lefty relievers are; granted, I dont know too much about Wood, but on the face of it, he doesnt seem to impressive, apart from that half a season in 2010. Granted, he’s still a bit young, I just thought they’d be able to take advantage of seemingly every teams desperate need for effective lefty relievers

  • King Jeff

    This deal would be great if they get the Reds to give up Neftali Soto in the deal, even if it means the Cubs have to give another piece back to Cincinatti, it would take care of first base and take care of the need for Rizzo. Soto is a big power bat that can play both corner infield spots, who seems to be almost ready for the majors. He was not on the Reds top 10 prospect list before the Latos trade, but he is probably on it now.

    • Kansas Cubs Fan

      “Soto is a big power bat that can play both corner infield spots” that scared me for a second, I thought you were talking about our Soto. Haha it’s too early.

      • King Jeff

        Hah, no, this one has a bit more potential than our Soto.

        • EQ76

          then we could have 2 Soto’s, 2 Wood’s (hehehe) to go with our 2 Carlos’.

  • Daniel Guerra

    The more and more I think of Rizzo, the more I think it makes sense for Bryan LaHair to start at 1rst base this year. He’s arguably our best major league ready prospect. Lets face it, the Cubs pitching staff in the majors and minors have more holes then swiss cheese. After losing out on Darvish, I felt Theo decided to clean house and start obtaining some young pitchers. Sounds like the first domino to fall would be Marshall.

    • Kyle

      Bryan LaHair is not a prospect. He’s a 29-year-old “slugger” who can tee off on a minor league fastball but with no major league potential. He’s Juilo Zuleta and Micah Hoffpauir reincarnated.

    • Dougy D

      I’d like to see Lahair get a chance. With the numbers he put up last year, why wouldn’t you give him a shot? Sure beats blowing150-175 million dollars on an overweight slugger that will be on the decline in the next 3-4 years.

  • cubsklm

    This is a good deal if we get Wood plus additional players. We should be looking to do the same with Marmol.

    Marshall will be a one year rental for the Reds. The Reds will never be able to sign him after 2012. More likely the Reds will be out of it by the trade deadline, fire Dusty, and flip Marshall to a contender.

  • Smitty

    I like this deal, but wonder if they will be able to leverage this offer for something better. I agree that it seems odd that we trade the best lefty reliever in the game for a reclamation project. Thought we might get more.

    • http://cubbiekingdom.wordpress.com hansman1982

      Wood isn’t a reclamation project, he had a great rookie season and a sophmore slump.  Throughout his time in the minors he always followed a crappy season (generally a half-season where he got promoted) with a fantastic season.  The Reds as a whole were down last year so it may just have been something in their offseason workout plans.

      I love the thought of having 5 years of control on someone like Wood, and if we get (an) additional prospect(s) thrown in that is icing on the cake.

      • Smitty

        Thanks for that heads up on Woods is history. Stilll, the differences from his 1/2 season to last year are striking. Hopefully you are right that it was just a slump. If this goes through, I think we will get to see how good Bosio is by his work with Wood, Cashner, and Russle.

  • Kyle

    Speaking of Yu Darvish, any chance your source has a comment on the report that the Cubs’ bid was around or below $20 million?

  • Lou Cub

    I’m glad that Theo/Hoyer?McCleod are gonna be picking the prospects instead of Jim Hendry..Hopefully they pan out…and the Brenanmann a holes will have something else to bitch about when it comes to the Cubs

    • Toosh

      Always thought Thom Brennaman was one of the worst announcers the Cubs ever had.

  • Oswego Chris

    Just my two cents…we should be very happy if it is just Wood, if its more…it’s a good deal…listen to what Brett said about “overvaluing your own players”…this board is filled with people who still think the Cubs should be able to get something of value for Soriano

    and also…when did we get so many members of the Anthony Rizzo fan club?….he is a very good hitting prospect….of which there have been thousands before him….if he was a true “can’t miss” the Pads might not have traded for Alonso…

    • Dougy D

      I would take a handshake from someone in exchange for them taking Soriano.

  • Jeff

    I hope this trade doesn’t happen….not because of the players mentioned. This trade should never happen, not in the same division with one of our rivals.

    If you are going to trade within your division, you do so to take advantage of a smaller market team who cannot afford a rising star close to free agency. Such as a Ramirez from Pittsburgh for, well do even remember who we sent them, of course not.

    Do you see the Red Sox trading a player to Tampa? Hell no!

    This trade would send the message that we are no longer trying to win, rather we are hoping not to lose now.

    This is wrong on so many fronts. If this trade does happen, I will seriously question Ricketts judgment on hiring this group, especially when a good candidate was just a few miles down south.

    • Toosh

      Another Die Hard? 3? With a Vengeance.

    • Kansas Cubs Fan

      This alone is not saying the Cubs are giving up on 2012.

      And the Reds will have Marshall for 2012 and thats it they will more than likely lose him in free agency. The Cubs will have Wood for 5 years.

      “I will seriously question Ricketts judgment on hiring this group”. Really dude? How about you question that in three years and see how this group has handled the team. A few months is barley time to get settled.

    • Ralph

      Was it Bobby Hill, Jose Hernandez, and Matt Bruback For Aramis?

      • Jeff

        how did their careers pan out after the trade? we all know what Ramy did.

  • Oswego Chris

    Marshall is almost 30…Wood is 25? you save 2.5 million on the deal…Wood could still be a very good starter…and has already shown some success in MLB…take it and run….

  • Lou Cub

    Jeff, if we had a legit shot this year, i’d agree with you..but realistically were looking down the road and Marshall will more than likely depart Cincy in a year while we’d still control Wood and whoever the 2 kids are…The Cubs need serious work on this roster..not banaids anymore!!

  • DowntownLBrown

    This trade sounds like a no brainer to me. I still think we should try to hang on to Garza and acquire Rizzo another way. Any chance of that?

    • Daniel Guerra

      There’s a rumor Michael Caldwell mentioned on another site. Sounds too good to be true though.

      Michael Caldwell said 34 minutes ago

      There are rumors this morning that, if the deal with the Reds is consumated, the Cubs will deal the prospects they get from the Reds to the Padres for Rizzo. Also, Rizzo was just on MLB Radio and said he had spoken to Hoyer since the Latos trade, though not about what.

      Source: http://www.chicagonow.com/cubs-den/2011/12/cubs-reds-talking-marshall-for-wood-deal/

      • http://cubbiekingdom.wordpress.com hansman1982

        If we can turn Marshall into Wood AND Rizzo that would fall into the category of exploiting a market inefficiency (the Reds willingness to overpay to win NOW)

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        While the prospects – if there are any – could be a PART of a deal for Rizzo, there’s no conceivable chance that they are going to be enough to get Rizzo. Sean Marshall for Travis Wood and Anthony Rizzo? I love Marshall, but that’s bonkers.

        • http://cubbiekingdom.wordpress.com hansman1982

          Realistically, Jacketty is too smart of a GM to give up that much but hopefully it is a case that Reds ownership is saying win 2012 at any cost and the Cubs get one helluva deal.

          • Toosh

            Not smart enough to not give up too much for Latos. Or not hire Baker.

        • Cheryl

          Saw on another site that 2 other prospects from the Reds would come with Wood for Marshall if it goes through.

  • cubs4life

    considering we are only trading basicly on year of marshalls services for  much cheaper and a kid that still has quite a bit of upside, i think it has to be done.  i think a straight tup trade marshall for wood, would probaby be close to fair for both sides, but if we can pry another prospect away in the deal i think we are comming out ahead in the deal…

  • Jeff

    2.5 million dollars is peanuts for the Cubs.

    Wood “could be” a good starter, the problem is the could be part, heck Wells had a one good year too, nobody is screaming to have him in the rotation.

    You don’t trade your good players to division rivals, that’s waving the white flag!

    That’s a defeatist mentality.

    But like I said it’s not about the players.

    The only thing we have done is sign DeJesus and trade for Stewart. Hell anybody could have made those moves.

    I’m starting to wonder what Ricketts has bought here, has he just spent a lot of money on some guys from Boston, so that we can have a piece of the “Boston way” ?

    The term not paying for past performances has been bantered around, well is that what we’re doing with Theo and gang?

    I think in the long run we might have been better off hiring Rick Hahn and naming Sandberg as our manager. My dad’s friend managed with him last year in AAA, and he had nothing but high remarks about Sandberg. A great individual and a great manager.

    I think we’re getting away from the Cub’s way! I’m sad.

    • Kyle

      Wood is a much better pitcher than Randy Wells. He struck out more batters in the majors and the minors, and that’s a major predictor for future success. (Unfortunately, I’m very bearish on Wells’ ability to be useful in the future and therefore “much better” still isn’t a rave review).

      I agree that we’re waving the white flag on the year and I’m not happy about it, but I’m going to move past that for a moment.

      Given that, Marshall for Wood is a solid deal. You take one year of a reliever and flip it into five, cost-controlled years of useful staring pitching. That helps patch a major organizational weakness, young starting pitching in the high minors or majors.

      • http://cubbiekingdom.wordpress.com hansman1982

        Trading Marshall alone doesn’t raise the blue flag (L flag in this case).  I do agree that it looks like it will take 4 plane crashes in order for the Cubs to win the Central this year and that stinks.

        But, if doing that means that we are in a better position to assemble a stronger 2013, 2014, 2015 team than by trying to contend this year, so be it.  THAT should be the correct outcome of any rebuild, trade a year or two of success for 3X that much success.  I sincerely doubt that Theo and Co. are looking at a Rays/Marlins/Mariners type rebuild.

        Realistically, this is the prime time to trade Marshall.  His trade value is not going to go up thanks to the new CBA so this is simply trading someone who doesn’t fit into the long-term plans for more than we would get back at any other time.

    • Eric

      Thank god Theo and co aren’t sensationalists like you. They actually use their brain to build a good team. It’s all about getting more assets back than what you give. I’m sorry you can’t understand that.

      • Jeff

        Well, until we see the deal finalized we really don’t know what we have. A straight up deal for Marshall for Wood is not going to catch the world on fire.

        Other executives are going to see it and think hey, the Cubs are having a fire sale, what mediocre prospect do we have to get one of their better players.

        Wood is alright, but he’s no Strasburg or Moore or Teheran, so it’s nothing for you to be all excited about.

        I can actually use my brain so don’t insult my intelligence you blankety blank. I can understand this trade, doesn’t mean I like it or have to like it.

        • Dougy D

          Marshall isn’t a Strasburg either. I didn’t want to see Marshall leave either, but like you said, we will have to wait and see what the finalized deal entails. I think that there will be more upsetting trades to come, and we will still be stuck with Z and Soriano, unless we give them away (which I would definitely be ok with for Soriano, should get at least an ok pitching prospect for Z).

    • NL_Cubs

      @ Jeff …huh?

      @ Eric…another fan who “get’s it”. Thank you!

      • http://www.michigangoat.blogspot.com MichiganGoat

        Some people are never happy, but its good to see more rational voices on here.

  • Oswego Chris

    Look at Wood’s Game Log from last year(I always do this when checking out pitchers, because a couple of bad starts can wreck your ERA….of his 17 starts, 10 were quality and another was 7IP 4ER…..he had some very very good outings and stretches…at 24…

    insert your own “Game Log” joke…

    • Kyle

      I always, always, always hate that argument.

      *Every* pitcher has a bunch of decent starts and a small number of terrible ones. That’s completely standard.

    • Kansas Cubs Fan

      Woods game log pretty much sums it up.

    • http://cubbiekingdom.wordpress.com hansman1982

      Thank you for reminding me to check the game logs and see how his season went.

      In the pros, from June 10 on he put up a ridiculous 2.94 ERA with an equally ridiculous .350 BABIP.  It was a small sample size of 33.2 innings, hopefully he is able to build upon that as we head into 2012.

      http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/gl.cgi?id=woodtr01&t=p&year=2011&share=1.36#31-39-sum:pitching_gamelogs

  • Frank the Bunny

    Any worry that Wood’s listed size (5-11,175) doesn’t allow his health to hold up and/or keeps him from consistently throwing 200 IP? There’s a chance he’s even smaller than that.

    • http://cubbiekingdom.wordpress.com hansman1982

      Roy Oswalt is listed at 6’0″ (apparently they used little people feet to measure him) and has been a picture of health before 2011.

      • Jeff

        I wouldn’t call it the picture of health though

    • Dougy D

      I wouldn’t be too worried about the size of a guy, just what he can do with the baseball. On a side note, while we are talking about size, I just picked up a used book from a thrift store yesterday. It is entitled, Good Sports Athletes Your Kids Can Look Up To. Can you guess who the cover boy is? HAHA, it’s Mark McGwire! Just thought that I would share that with you guys as I certainly got a laugh out of it.

  • CubsFanBob

    Figure this means Russell is sticking around

    • Kansas Cubs Fan

      Russell was really good in the bullpen, but was bad as a starter.

      Russell’s 2011 splits between Starting and in relief look like this:

      Starting:9.33 ERA  10 starts   18.1IP   4.91K/9  2.45BB/9  2.00 K/BB

      Relief: 2.19 ERA  59G  49IP  6.02 K/9  1.64 BB/9  3.67 K/BB

      Have anything to say after that?

      • CubsFanBob

        “Have anything to say after that?”

        Agreed, wasnt calling Russell out, I hope he sticks around. He now just got promoted to the pen’s main lefty. I just know the Padres were asking about him.

        I think I sat there watching at least two if not three of his Wrigley starts….it was frustrating.

        • Kansas Cubs Fan

          Yeah It was sad to know when he goes to start a game there is a very good chance the Cubs were gong to lose, and the he went to the pen and was as good as Marshall.

      • Dougy D

        Was as good as Marshall for one season. Hopefully he stays good in the pen, but I certainly wouldn’t ind if he got traded. Teams overvalue left handed relievers and I would love to take advantage of that with a guy that was good out of the pen. Unfortunately, I think he will have to prove it for anoter full season before he will be good trade bait. That ERA from being a starter probably killed any chance of getting something good for him this year.

  • Cheryl

    Brett, You say the Cubs are looking PRIMARILY at Wood. Any other names involved? Wouldn’t there also be an interest in Marshall from the Yankees and Toronto?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      All I can say is what’s in there – the Cubs may also be looking at Reds’ prospects, unnamed, and are probably doing a round of calls throughout the league to see if anyone wants to beat the Reds’ offer.

      And, of course, there’s no guarantee this doesn’t fall through.

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