Lefty reliever Sean Marshall appeared in 78 games for the Chicago Cubs, going 6-6 with 34 holds and five saves in his sixth season with the team. The Cincinnati Reds sent lefty Travis Wood, outfielder Dave Sappelt and infielder Ronald Torreyes to the Windy City on Dec. 23 to snag Marshall and are now hoping he'll stick around Cincy for a while. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the Reds and Marshall are close to signing a contract extension.
"We're talking about it," Marshall said, according to the paper. "We might have something Monday."
The 29-year-old has 56 holds in the last two yeas and has struck out 169 over 150.1 innings in that time as well.
"That's one of the things we said we wanted to do when he traded for him," Reds GM Walt Jocketty said, according to the paper. "We want to get it done sooner than later. We'd like to get it done before games start."