Reds give up a lot for a year of Marshall 

December, 23, 2011
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Trading season continued in full force, as the Chicago Cubs sent left-hander Sean Marshall to the Cincinnati Reds for lefty Travis Wood, outfielder Dave Sappelt and second baseman Ronald Torreyes.

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Jerry Lai/US PresswireMarshall, one of the best relievers in the game, is a year from free agency.
The Cubs made out well, giving up a good reliever who is a year from free agency and getting back a big league starter and two mid-level prospects who will have major league value. The Reds, meanwhile, continue what I can only assume is a rapid emptying of their farm system to try to win again in the two years before Joey Votto reaches free agency and/or Dusty Baker shreds every last arm on their pitching staff.

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