GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Sean Marshall is well positioned to become the Cincinnati Reds' closer of the future.
The left-hander agreed Monday to a new contract that adds $16.5 million over three seasons through 2015.
Cincinnati's setup man already was guaranteed $3.1 million this season as part of a two-year contract. The deal announced Monday adds salaries of $4.5 million in 2013, $5.5 million in 2014 and $6.5 million in 2015.
Cincinnati traded left-hander Travis Wood, outfielder Dave Sappelt and a minor-leaguer to the Cubs in December to obtain Marshall, who will be the setup man to new closer Ryan Madson.
"We made the trade for him with the idea to extend him," GM Walt Jocketty said. "If you look at the quality of his work, he's one of the top setup guys in the game. And we have the flexibility if we want to use him in a few years as the closer."
That would be fine with Marshall, who is coming off his best season. The 29-year-old went 6-6 with a 2.26 ERA in 78 games with a career-high five saves. He was a starter when he began his six-year career with the Cubs, who turned him into a setup man.
"As a reliever, the premier job is to be the closing pitcher," he said after a spring training workout Monday. "If the opportunity arises and I'm handed the ball in the ninth inning ... I think I'm more than capable of it."
Marshall feels comfortable with the Reds and was hoping they'd offer a new deal rather than allowing him to become a free agent after the season.