Travis Wood is headed to the Northside in exchange for Sean Marshall (zimbio.com)
The offseason rebuilding continues for the Chicago Cubs as they dealt reliable lefty Sean Marshall to the Cincinnati Reds for left-handed reliever Travis Wood and two minor leaguers. It marks the third move for the new Cubs front office which is clearly serious about rebuilding the team. Marshall was most likely dealt due to his impending free agency next season.
On the other side of the trade, we have Travis Wood who was 6-6 with a 4.84 ERA last year. If Kerry Wood re-signs with the team, expect a boatload of trite Wood-themed jokes.
The Cubs will also receive minor leaguers OF Dave Sappelt and INF Ronaldo Torreyes.
Despite receiving two good prospects, the trade puzzles me. Here’s why:
- Theo Epstein called Sean Marshall “one of the best relievers in the game”. Then why deal him?
- Why are the Cubs trading Sean Marshall within the NL Central? They will have to face him this year and possibly for years to come if Reds GM Walt Jocketty signs Marshall when he’s a free agent.
It’s not necessarily a good move if you were a fan of Sean Marshall, but it’s a smart move and will most likely be an “a-ha move” where we fully understand it in two to three years.
In other news:
- The Cubs re-signed Reed Johnson to a one year contract. I love Reed Johnson and I’m glad he’ll be back.
- The team signed reliever Manny Corpas, formerly of the Colorado Rockies, to a one year deal.
- The flip-flopping on Prince Fielder continues. Some still think the Cubs have a decent shot, while others don’t believe they will sign him because his demands are too high. With Sean Marshall traded and the signs pointing to strict rebuilding, a Fielder signing may be unlikely.
For those who want to keep track, the Cubs have officially acquired or signed: