Reds give up a lot for a year of Marshall 

December, 23, 2011

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.

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.

Keith Law

ESPN Senior Writer