Even though Buster Olney, a senior baseball writer for ESPN tweeted that The Cubs are telling teams they have no interest in talking about Sean Marshall in any potential trade, in sports never say never.
Marshall entered the game in the ninth inning to finish off the job that the Cubs closer Carlos Marmol couldn’t do. With a score of 2-1 and two Marlins on base, Marshall struck out righty slugger Mike Stanton for the win.
It was a pressure situation, against a tough righty bat and Marshall struck Stanton out swinging.
So far in 2011, the 28-year-old Marshall has a 2.70 ERA in 43.1 innings pitched. He has given up just one homer, 13 earned runs; 10 walks and has fanned 45.
The Cubs might not be trading Marshal but if the price is right, and considering the odds of them making the 2011 playoffs are close to zero, you never know.
Cubs fans have been in such a drought that the organization has to do some serious revamping to get the team back into contention for 2012 and beyond.
Some young players might be just what the Cubs franchise needs. Yes, the moves they made this past off-season were a start in the right direction but it is not going to right the ship.
My guess is Marshall or Kerry Wood will be traded because they can get more for them from teams who are contending and desperate for some bullpen help, which both these two pitchers certainly offer.
- Report: Cubs not willing to deal Sean Marshall (hardballtalk.nbcsports.com)
- Dempster throws eight scoreless innings as Cubs beat Marlins (tsn.ca)
- Chicago Notes: Wood, White Sox, Soriano, Ramirez (mlbtraderumors.com)
- Reeling Cubs closer Marmol likely to get break (espn.go.com)
- Olney’s Latest: Choate, Bell, Isringhausen, K-Rod (mlbtraderumors.com)
- Dempster foils the Fish over 8 tidy innings (cbc.ca)