I wouldn't be at all surprised if -- there's really no way we will ever know what really transpired -- Hoyer and Epstein did not specifically target Wood instead of Leake, if for no other reason than the possibility that H and E both held the same opinion that several RZers at the time expressed: At worst, should Wood falter as a starter or encounter the same problem in Chicago as Cincy -- no room in rotation --Wood could make a seamless transition to Marshall's former role with the Cubs.
Was Wood too much to give up for Marshall? I don't think so. I believe it is in line with what I feel Marshall was theoretically worth at the time, even though Marshall was one year away from free agency at the time. Granted, from the standpoint of trade value, I tend to value relievers of Marshall's caliber highly (witness my sig). I do, however, realize that, as an example, a swap of today's comps of Norm Charlton and Kevin Mitchell, which occurred in '93, may well not be realistic in today's MLB climate.