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Friday, December 23, 2011
Source: Sappelt part of Marshall-Wood deal

By ESPNChicago.com

The Chicago Cubs will get minor leaguers Dave Sappelt and Ronald Torreyes in the deal that sends Sean Marshall to the Reds for Travis Wood, a team source told ESPN.com’s Keith Law.

Sappelt is a 24-year-old outfielder who has spent the bulk of the last two seasons at Triple A. In four minor league seasons, the 5-foot-9, 195-pounder hit .309 with 31 homers and 184 RBIs.

He did spend some time with the Reds last season, batting .243 in 118 plate appearances.

Torreyes is a 19-year-old infielder who played in Class A ball last season. In 306 plate appearances, he hit .356 with three homers and 41 RBIs with a .398 on-base percentage.

Marshall is only under contract for one more season, so the Cubs agreed to deal him for a younger left-hander in Wood who can help shore up the Cubs starting pitching. The Cubs had one of the worst rotations, statistically speaking, in the majors last season.

Getting two minor leaguers with upside affirms new Cubs president Theo Epstein’s commitment to player development.