Reds sign Sean Marshall to $16.5 million extension

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Two months after acquiring him from the Cubs the Reds have signed Sean Marshall to a three-year contract extension, which keeps the 29-year-old reliever from hitting the open market as a free agent next offseason.

Marshall was already under contract for $3.1 million this season, which is his final year of arbitration eligibility, so the extension will buy out his first three years of free agency and keep him in Cincinnati through 2015. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that it’s worth $16.5 million.

Marshall has somewhat quietly been one of the best left-handed relievers in baseball since shifting to the bullpen full time in mid-2009 and has a 2.67 ERA with 228 strikeouts in 219 career innings as a reliever.

The Orioles are “moving aggressively” to trade Manny Machado

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Orioles “are moving aggressively on Manny Machado trade talks and now believe they can trade him by the end of the week.” There are reportedly “strong offers” for Machado from both the White Sox, per Ken Rosenthal, and the Cardinals, per Nightengale. The Giants, Red Sox, Phillies, and Yankees are also reportedly involved in talks, though it does seem unlikely that the O’s would trade Machado to a division rival.

Machado, 25, is a guy around which a team could build a franchise. The Orioles, however, seem resigned to the notion that they will not be able to sign him to a long term contract once he hits free agency a year from now. If they do deal him, it would not be terribly shocking to see the O’s just go all-in with a full rebuild, putting relievers Brad Brach and Zach Britton and outfielder Adam Jones on the market, given that they too can become free agents following the 2018 season.

Machado had a down 2017, hitting .259/.310/.471, but still hit 33 homers and drove in 95 runs. In the two years prior he posted OPSs of .876 and .861. As such, the price for a team to acquire him will be high, even if he’s entering his walk year.