CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Several media outlets are reporting that the Reds and Cubs are close to a deal that would send Chicago reliever Sean Marshall to Cincinnati for starting pitcher Travis Wood.
Wood, 24, finished 6-6 in 2011 with a 4.84 ERA in 18 starts. He also pitched for AAA Louisville, going 2-3 with a 5.33 ERA.
The left-handed Marshall, 29, went 6-6 last season with a 2.20 ERA and 34 holds.
The Reds have been looking for a closer since they did not pick up the 2012 option on Francisco Cordero, although GM Walt Jocketty has said signing Cordero is still an option. They could use Marshall as a set up man or try him as a closer.
ESPN Chicago reports that Marshall is set to make $3 million in 2012, and he will be a free agent after the season.
The deal would also include prospects, but it's unclear who those prospects would be.