Orioles Trade Sherrill—Why Not? or Why?

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!!!!

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  1. freddy from boca

    Simple reason Bruce. those were solid teams who were able to trade other players on the big league team or prospects for the few missing players . or they can sigh a free agent to fill a hole. and i watch the whole game.

    Reply ·   August 1, 2009

  2. freddy from boca

    if you remember papalbon requested to go back to the bullpen after trying/considering starting for a couple of weeks a couple of yrs ago..

    Reply ·   August 1, 2009

  3. freddy in boca

    YOU WANT LOCKS…GO TO A DELLY

    Reply ·   August 2, 2009

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