The Orioles traded their closer George Sherrill for 2 Los Angeles Dodgers prospects. The 32 year old lefthander acquired in the Eric Bedard trade saved 51 games in his brief stay in Baltimore. Sherrill, who will be used as a set-up man for the Dodgers, was traded for Double A right handed pitcher Steven Johnson, the 22 year old son of former Orioles pitcher Dave Johnson and 22 year power-hitting 3rd baseman Josh Bell who recently was voted the M.V.P. of the Southern League All Star game (Double A) . Terp Talk maven Bruce Posner thinks this trade will lead to another August-September swoon for the Birds. Nonsense! Over the last several years the Orioles have had some pretty good closers and still finished poorly. With a record of 44-57 with 61 games to go in the season Sherrill would have had probably 15-17 save opportunities, which he would have been successful maybe 12-14 times. How many of those saves will become losses without Sherrill in the bullpen? Maybe 2 to 4. What difference does it really make if the Orioles wind up with 72-74 wins 68-70 wins. Last place is last place.
That’s it from Terp Talk Southern U.S. reporter Freddy from Boca.
Quick response from Bruce—–Freddy, the difference between me and you is that I go to these useless August and September games, you just watch 3 or 4 innings at most. Did the Yankees ever think about trading Rivera during a down year, Why did the Red Sox pay Papelbon so much to give up hopes of being a starter. The Orioles just gave away an excellent stopper for 2 prospects neither of which are locks!!!!