The Cincinnati Reds traded pitcher Travis Wood before the 2012 season to acquire left-handed reliever Sean Marshall from the Chicago Cubs. Initially, it looked like both teams and both players were going to benefit from the trade: Marshall threw 61 innings and posted a 2.51 ERA for the NL Central champion Reds in 2012 and Wood showed his promise as a starter, tossing 156 innings in 26 starts.
But since the end of the 2012 season, the Cubs have most definitely gotten the better end of the deal. Marshall managed just over 10 innings in an injury-plagued 2013 season, whereas Wood became an all-star for the Cubs, registering a 3.11 ERA in 200 innings.
Wood won’t pitch against his former team during the current series between the Cubs and Reds at Wrigley Field. His next turn in the rotation is scheduled for Monday against the Arizona Diamondbacks and another former Reds’ pitcher in Bronson Arroyo.
Marshall wasn’t able to pitch at the outset of this Cubs-Reds series, but that has changed with his activation today from the disabled list, where he has spent most of last year and all of this year so far with a chronic shoulder malady. Marshall last pitched at Wrigley last year, making two relief appearances during an early May series between the two teams.
Marshall started his career with the Cubs in 2006. He was exclusively a starter his rookie year and primarily a starter the following season. Marshall was part starter and part reliever his next two years for the Cubs before making the complete switch to the bullpen for his last two years in Chicago.