GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Left-handed reliever Sean Marshall has yet to throw a pitch for the Reds this season, but he's close to getting a long-term contract extension.
"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."
Marshall, 29, is set to earn $3.1 million in the final year of the current contract he signed with the Cubs and could become a free agent after the season. Chicago traded him to the Reds in December for pitcher Travis Wood, outfielder Dave Sappelt and Minor League infielder Ronald Torreyes.
Last season, Marshall went 6-6 with a 2.26 ERA in 78 games, with 17 walks and 79 strikeouts over 75 2/3 innings. He has a 2.45 ERA in 158 appearances over the past two seasons.
The Reds plan to use Marshall this season as a left-handed setup man in the late innings. He also has the ability to be a closer in games when Ryan Madson is not available.