Posted on: February 27, 2012 2:30 pm
Edited on: February 27, 2012 2:44 pm
By C. Trent Rosecrans
The Reds announced a three-year extension through 2015 with left-hander Sean Marshall on Monday. The deal is worth $16.5 million, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com.
Cincinnati acquired Marshall in December for left-hander Travis Wood, outfielder Dave Sappelt and infielder Ronald Torreyes. At the time, it seemed like maybe a tad too much for an admittedly very good reliever, but one who would be a free agent after the 2012 season. However, the idea that Marshall would be open to an extension makes the deal make more sense.
"We're obviously very excited about it," Reds general manager Walt Jocketty told reporters, including MLB.com's Mark Sheldon. "When we made the trade for him, we made it intending to extend him. We felt confident we would do that. We wanted to approach it sooner than later. Our goal was to try and get it done before the start of camp, or at least before we started playing games. We did get it done before the games."
Marhshall, 29, was 6-6 with a 2.26 ERA last season, appearing in 78 games and striking out 79 batters in 75 2/3 innings.
Marshall started his career as a starter, but has found his place as a reliever. In his two full seasons out of the bullpen, he's 13-11 with a 2.45 ERA and six saves with 169 strikeouts in 150 1/3 innings.
Last season, he was good against right-handers, but death to lefties. Right-handers hit .249/.302/.297 against him -- hardly All-Star numbers -- but lefties were limited to just .206/.245/.258 against him, as he struck out 31 of the 104 lefties that he faced. The only home run he surrendered was to right-handed hitting Cody Ross.
Marshall will make $3.1 million this season.
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Posted on: December 23, 2011 12:19 pm
Edited on: December 23, 2011 2:32 pm
By C. Trent Rosecrans
The Reds and Cubs made the trade sending Sean Marshall to Cincinnati and Travis Wood to Chicago official on Friday, with the Reds also sending outfielder Dave Sappelt (right) and minor-league infielder Ronald Torreyes to the Cubs.
The deal had reportedly been agreed upon on Wednesday, thought neither Sappelt or Torreyes had been identified in reports at that point.
The Reds will get Marshall to help their bullpen, while Wood should step right into the Cubs' rotation.
As for the other players, Sappelt played in 38 games for the Reds last season, hitting .243/.289/.318 in 118 plate appearances. The outfielder will turn 25 on Jan. 2. He hit .313/.377/.458 at Triple-A Louisville last season and is a .309/.362/.459 hitter in his minor-league career. Torreyes is 5-foot-9, 140 pounds, but hit .356/.398/.457 as an 18-year-old at Low-A Dayton, mostly at second base.For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @eyeonbaseball on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.
Posted on: August 8, 2011 6:51 pm
By C. Trent Rosecrans
The moment Yonder Alonso was drafted by the Reds in the first round of the 2008 draft, the questions about where he'd play began. Alonso played first base at Miami and looked like he'd be limited to first base.
That's fine and good, except for when you have the reigning MVP at first base already and that player's just 27.
Last spring the Reds started trying Alonso in left field and he played 30 games there in 2010 between Double-A Carolina and Triple-A Louisville, but still played the bulk of his time at first base, logging 96 games there. This season with his bat ready for the big leagues, he was given more time in the left field, where he played 62 games in left compared to 21 at first base.
Since the left-handed hitting prospect was called up to the big leagues when Jonny Gomes was traded, he's started three games in left and none at first. The first part is going to change, the second may not.
Alonso's latest position may be third base after he struggled in two games in left at Wrigley Field this past weekend, playing one ball into an inside-the-park home run for Cubs rookie Tony Campana and then misplaying another ball for a crucial error in Saturday's loss.
When asked on Monday when Alonso would play left again, Reds manager Dusty Baker told reporters, "not in the near future," according to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Alonso took ground balls at third base -- his main position growing up, he's said -- but Baker said he doesn't expect Alonso there anytime soon.
"You don't want to do it in the big leagues," Baker said, according to Fay. "But that's the position he started at. It's a mirror image of first base, really. You get more plays. Most first baseman are at first because they're left-handed or they don't have the arm to play third.
"We'll see. We're trying to find the best place to get his bat in the lineup."
While Alonso's looked shaky in the field, he's been locked in at the plate, where he's started the season 8 for 16 with two doubles and a homer. The Reds called up another prospect, Dave Sappelt, on Sunday when Chris Heisey went on the disabled list and Sappelt will likely get a chance to play quite a bit in left and center. Sappelt had a hit leading off in his major-league debut on Sunday. Fred Lewis is starting in left on Monday.
Finding a spot for Alonso is tricky. The Reds thought he was the best hitter available when they took him with the seventh overall pick in the 2008 draft and he's shown it in the minors, where he's combined to hit .293/.370/.466. He was hitting .296/.374/.486 with 12 homers when he was called up. Although he's 4 for 7 as a pinch-hitter so far this season, going forward he's going to be too valuable for filling just that role.
The Reds and Blue Jays reportedly talked about a blockbuster sending Joey Votto to his native Toronto in exchange for Jose Bautista, opening a spot for Alonso. Although that deal didn't go down, it does show how much the team values Alonso and feels he can be an impact player in the big leagues.
Votto is under contract through 2013, so he's in the team's immediate future but could be too expensive when he reaches free agency. Alonso would be a lower-cost alternative.
Alonso could also finish the season strong and be a more valuable trade piece in the offseason because of his early success in the big leagues.
Physically, Alonso looks more like a first baseman -- or DH -- than third baseman, but he says he feels comfortable there. He didn't play third at Miami because current Twin Danny Valencia was at third base when he got there. The Reds have a need at third base. With Scott Rolen on the disabled list (and at 36), the Reds are using a combination of rookie Todd Frazier and veteran Miguel Cairo to man the position. Rolen is under contract through next season and the team's top prospect at the position, Juan Francisco, has been hurt this season and unproductive in a couple of big-league stints.For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.
Posted on: September 6, 2010 5:12 pm
Jim Edmonds may not play for the rest of the season -- and that could be good news for the Reds.
Edmonds told MLB.com's Mark Sheldon that he has a tear in his right oblique. He was initially diagnosed with a strained muscle.
"I'm trying, but I have to let it heal," Edmonds said. "I don't really know the timetable right now. The swelling has finally come down, it's not as bad moving around. It's coming along. I've never had a muscle tear before."
Edmonds hasn't swung a bat yet and tried throwing recently, but couldn't do it.
The Reds currently have just three healthy outfielders, as Jay Bruce is also sidelined with a side injury. He hasn't played since his walk-off single a week ago against the Brewers. Laynce Nix has been out since Aug. 25 because of a sprained left ankle.
Utility infielder Miguel Cairo is the team's backup plan in the outfield if needed. The Reds have no healthy outfielders on the 40-man roster. The team would need to make a move -- like moving Edmonds to the 60-day disabled list -- to clear room on the 40-man roster to call up another outfielder.
Wladimir Balentien had a great season at Triple-A Louisville, hitting .282/.337/.536 with 25 home runs and 78 RBI, but he was recently diagnosed with a strained oblique. The team could call up Dave Sappelt, who has played well at Triple-A -- .324/.365/.481 with a homer and eight RBI in 25 games -- but started the season in Class A. Another possibility is Daniel Dorn, who has played first this season but also has played the corner outfield positions. Dorn is hitting .302/.398/.545 with 13 home runs and 56 RBI for the Bats.
Both third baseman Juan Francisco and first baseman Yonder Alonso were tried out in the outfielder in spring and earlier this season, though both of those experiments were deemed failures.
Edmonds played in just nine games for the Reds after the team traded outfielder Chris Dickerson to Milwaukee for him on Aug. 9. In 24 plate appearances, Edmonds had just three hits -- all for extra bases, two doubles and a homer.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans
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