Reds reliever Sean Marshall hasn’t been healthy since 2012, posting an ugly 7.71 ERA between disabled list stints this year, and now the southpaw setup man will miss the remainder of the season following shoulder surgery.
Back in 2011 the Reds acquired Marshall from the Cubs for a three-player package that included left-hander Travis Wood, who went on to become a solid mid-rotation starter in Chicago.
At the time Marshall was one of the elite setup men in baseball and he had a very strong 2012 season in Cincinnati, posting a 2.51 ERA and 74 strikeouts in 61 innings. Unfortunately he’s thrown a grand total of 24 innings in the two seasons since then.
Marshall is under contract for $6.5 million next season, but it’s unclear at this point if the Reds even expect him to be a factor.
The Reds picked up outfielders Mason Williams and Rosell Herrera on minor league deals, MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon reports. Both Williams and Herrera will receive invites to spring training and could compete for backup outfield roles behind Adam Duvall, Billy Hamilton and Scott Schebler.
Williams, 26, completed a three-year track with the Yankees in 2017. He has yet to see a full season of playing time, however, and went 4-for-17 with two stolen bases during a five-game span with the club in 2017. While not a power hitter, his speed and steady contact rate produced a .263/.309/.318 batting line over 437 plate appearances in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, including two home runs, three triples and 19 stolen bases.
Herrera, 25, has yet to make his big league debut. After seven years in the Rockies’ system, he finally reached Triple-A Albuquerque in 2017 and slashed .278/.351/.394 with three home runs and 20 stolen bases in 363 PA. He looks most comfortable in the left field corner, but has some experience at shortstop and third base and should give the Reds a nice utility option come spring.