Sean Marshall walking at the end of the season would've been just as helpful as Travis Wood
But as far as 2013, you can define it as a success or failure by whether we make the postseason, and ultimately whether we win the World Series.
- Theo Epstein
100% agree with you.
All that said, the Cubs are going to take a look at what's available outside the organization as well as in-house and determine whether it's worth it to invest in bullpen pieces. The bullpen is usually the last thing you fix up in my opinion...still a ton of work to be done.
It is also the quickest thing to get back together. Two of the Cubs most effective relievers weren't on the major league roster last season. You can fix a bullpen with a couple guys finding roles and getting good starting pitching.
It was almost 13 years ago that the Cubs traded Kyle Lohse and another guy for Rick Aguilera and Scott Downs. The Cubs got a guy who pitched pretty solid in 1999 for them and was done in 2000. The Cubs went a combined 132-192 those two seasons with the bullpen help and lost a guy that is still starting in the big leagues for it. The Cubs don't need to make big, splashy moves to fix the pen while the team isn't likely to win anything.
Has anyone actually been watching what Sean Marshall has been doing in Cincinnati this season?
1-2, 5.02 ERA, 7 saves
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I bet he figures it out by the end of the season, but lets hold off on the final evaluation of this trade for a few years to see what each side really got.
Is Sean Marshall still a quality reliever? Of course, but he hasn't exactly been lights out this year is the only point I was raising since this idea of the Reds clearly winning this trade and that the Cubs would be so much better with Marshall on the roster right now.
And the save situation thing will probably be rectified soon since it sounds like Chapman is going to be tried as the closer soon.
Marshall is in the eighth with a one run lead. It appears like Chapman is going to get a shot at closing.
Chapman got the save today. It appears Marshall is back to an eighth inning guy.
You'd take him back in a heart beat considering you're trotting out shit like Shawn Camp.
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I didn't realize Marshall was doing so poorly.