Reds, Sean Marshall Nearing Agreement On Extension

MONDAY, 10:09am: Fay says Marshall will talk about the extension later today.  For now, the lefty commented, "I can't say anything. But I'm very happy."

SUNDAY, 2:11pm: John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer tweets that GM Walt Jocketty also confirmed a deal is close and that the two sides want it done before games start.'s Mark Sheldon adds that Jocketty says the deal could be done soon:

“We are talking to him,” Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said on Sunday. “It could be done soon. When we traded for him, it was also looking to sign him for the long term.”

11:49am: Marshall confirmed the report, saying that a deal could be worked out by tomorrow, tweets John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer (via Twitter).

11:16am: The Reds and Sean Marshall are making progress on a multiyear extension and a deal could be announced early this week, sources tell Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports (via Twitter).  The left-hander is set to become a free agent after this season.

Marshall, 29, is set to earn $3.1MM in 2012 in the final season of a two-year deal he signed with the Cubs.  MLBTR's Dan Mennella recently looked at what it would take for the Reds to sign him to a new deal and noted that Meister Sports Management will likely use the three-year, $15MM deal lefty Scott Downs signed with the Angels as a starting point.

Steve Adams contributed to this post.

19 Responses to Reds, Sean Marshall Nearing Agreement On Extension Leave a Reply

  1. theobi11111 3 years ago

    I definitely like this 

  2. Jason McNeely 3 years ago

    I like this as well, maybe a 3/18 contract. If Madson leaves after the season, Marshall could be the closer after that.

  3. Super excited about this, it will make losing Madson not as bad next offseason. Hopefully it’s atleast 3 years.

  4. TophersReds 3 years ago

    He’ll be the Closer in 2013 if the Reds can’t sign Madson again. I like it.

  5. Ethanator99 3 years ago

    Nice. I thought all along that if the Reds were able to extend him it made up for losing Travis Wood

  6. Jason McNeely 3 years ago

    Makes what we gave up to get him easier to swallow too.

  7. What none of you guys understand Madson is signed through 2013. It is a club option for 2013 so he will be here next also unless he falls on his face.

    • TophersReds 3 years ago

      I’m pretty sure there is no option at all for 2013. Bbref has him becoming a FA in 2013.

      Edit: I misread Madson as Marshall. And yes, like the guy below me said, it is a mutual option.

    • What you don’t understand is that it’s a mutual option. Madson isn’t taking it if he has a good year.

    • Jason_F 3 years ago

      Mutual options almost never get exercised.  I can’t remember the last one that was.  All it takes is one side to think the player is worth slightly more/less than the option’s value.  Also, after this offseason, Madson will surely want a multi-year deal next year.

  8. bledrules 3 years ago

    I was concerned this wouldnt get done
    Def good news

  9. notsureifsrs 3 years ago

    makes more sense than it used to given that you can’t get draft picks for these guys anymore

  10. mrsjohnmiltonrocks 3 years ago

    This is a great signing for the Reds!  Marshall is a rare breed-a left hander that can carve up righties; a non closer relief pitcher that has been consistently good for a few years; a player that  has proved to be durable.  Plus, he’s got this laid back attitude and non athletic look about him that makes him appear harmless.  Don’t let him fool you-he’s deadly.

    My second favorite relief pitcher-Mike Adams is still #1 in my book.

  11. Sean Marshall is no Scott Downs.  Almost, but not quite.

    • eyeglass1 3 years ago

      I wonder how much better his stats may have been if he had been pitching in Arizona or San Diego as his home park? Chicago is a launching pad. 

      • ubercubsfan 3 years ago

        If I recall correctly, Wrigley has been a pitchers park the last few years.

        • jhfdssdaf 3 years ago

          2011, yes, it was the 23rd most hitter friendly park, according to ESPN, with a park rating of 0.934.

          In 2010 and 2009, it was the third most hitter friendly park, 8th in 2008, and 2nd in 2007.

          Had you said “Wrigley was a pitchers park last year” you would be correct.  “Last few years” is dead wrong. 

    • Joe 3 years ago

      Scott downs sucks

  12. Joel 3 years ago

    you’re intelligent

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