The Cubs have dealt 29-year old lefty reliever Sean Marshall to the Cincinnati Reds 24-year old lefty starting pitcher Travis Wood, 24-year old righty swinging outfielder Dave Sappelt and 19-year old righty swinging 2B/SS Ronald Torreyes. Wood will likely step right into the Cubs’ rotation in 2012. He pitched in 22 games (18 starts) for the Reds last year and he was 6-6 with a 4.84 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP. He has now pitched in 39 games (35 starts) in his first two years with the Reds and he is 11-10 with a 4.18 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. Dave Sappelt came into last year as the Reds’ #20 prospect according to Baseball America. Sappelt made his debut in the majors last year as he played in 38 games in which he was 26 for 107 (.243 avg, .607 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 0 homers, 5 RBIs and 1 stolen base. He also played in 74 games in AAA-ball last year and he was 93 for 297 (.313 avg, .834 OPS) with 40 runs scored, 7 homers, 29 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. Ronald Torreyes came into last year as the Reds’ #22 prospect according to Baseball America. He played in 67 games in A-ball for the Reds last year and he was 99 for 278 (.356 avg, .855 OPS) with 53 runs scored, 3 homers, 41 RBIs and 12 stolen bases. Torreyes has now played in 158 games in his first two years in the minors and he is 228 of 627 (.364 avg, .935 OPS) with 125 runs scored, 8 homers, 87 RBIs and 37 stolen bases.
Sean Marshall has been an excellent reliever for the Cubs the last couple of years. He pitched in 78 games (0 starts) for the Cubs last year and he was 6-6 with a 2.26 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP. Marshall pitched in 292 games (59 starts) in his six years with the Cubs and he was 32-40 with 7 saves, a 3.96 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.
Although it must have been hard to pull the trigger on this deal because of how good Marshall has been for the Cubs lately, but they had to make this deal. Wood will go right into the starting rotation in 2012 and Dave Sappelt will also have a good chance of making the Cubs out of spring training. Ronald Torreyes has a huge upside, but the Cubs will take their time developing him.