Thursday, July 30, 2009

Orioles Trade Sherrill to Dodgers

The Baltimore Orioles have traded pitcher George Sherrill to the Los Angeles Dodgers for two minor leaguers (third baseman Josh Bell and pitcher Steve Johnson.)

Sherrill was the Orioles closer and recorded 20 saves for them this season. However, don't expect Sherrill to be used as a closer in L.A. The Dodgers have Jonathan Broxton who has 23 saves in 2009. Sherrill will most likely be Broxton's set up man. It is a role Sherrill had when he pitched with the Seattle Mariners from 2004 through 2007. After the Mariners dealt Sherrill to Baltimore in the Erik Bedard deal, Sherrill had the opportunity to close. In 2008, Sherrill saved 31 games and was named to AL All-Star Team and pitched two and one thirds scoreless innings.

After getting off to a slow start in 2009, he quickly regained his form. The 32-year-old southpaw is affectionately known as The Brim Reaper because the bill of his cap is flat.

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