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Reliever Sean Marshall has been in the big leagues for six seasons and they've all been with the Chicago Cubs. It's looking right now like he's going to get a taste of a new hometown soon.

ESPN Chicago reports that the Virginia native is close to being shipped to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for soon-to-be 25-year-old lefty pitcher Travis Wood.

Wood went 6-6 with an ERA of 4.84 in 18 starts last season with the Reds, his second in the bigs. Last year, ESPN notes, he won his first game in the majors against the Cubs.

The 29-year-old Marshall is "one of the best left-handed relievers in baseball," ESPN reports. He had 34 holds, good for a second-place tie for best in the majors by a lefty. In 2010, he had 22 holds.

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