FOX Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi reports that the Reds are “making progress” toward a multi-year contract extension with setup man Sean Marshall. Morosi says the deal “could be announced early this week.”
Marshall was acquired via trade this offseason from the Cubs and hasn’t thrown a pitch yet in a major league game for the Reds, but he has a 2.45 ERA over his past 150 1/3 innings and is widely regarded as one of the most reliable relievers in baseball.
Marshall will become a free agent five days after the 2012 World Series if an extension is not completed.
UPDATE, 12:41 PM: Marshall told the Cincinnati Enquirer‘s John Fay: “We may have something tomorrow.”
The Diamondbacks announced on Monday that the club signed catcher Jeff Mathis to a two-year, $4 million contract.
Mathis, 33, isn’t much with the stick as he owns a career .197/.254/.308 triple-slash line over parts of 12 seasons in the majors. The veteran, though, is well-regarded for his ability to play defense, call games, handle a pitching staff, and get along with his teammates in the clubhouse. As Craig mentioned last year, Mathis is often talked about as a future manager.
As the D-Backs non-tendered Welington Castillo on Friday, Chris Herrmann and Mathis are the team’s two catchers as presently constructed.
ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that free agent shortstop Jimmy Rollins wants to continue playing in 2017.
Rollins, 38, signed a minor league deal with the White Sox for the 2016 season but hit a disappointing .221/.295/.329 over 166 plate appearances. The club released Rollins in the middle of June and he did not sign with a new team. He did join TBS as part of their playoff coverage.
Rollins is almost certainly looking at another minor league contract and will have to earn his way onto a major league roster by performing well in spring training.