Sherrill Traded To Dodgers

The Orioles have traded LHP George Sherrill to the Los Angeles Dodgers for 3B Josh Bell and RHP Steve Johnson.

Grade: B+

This was another great trade by Andy MacPhail and made his previous trade of Erik Bedard even better. Josh Bell is our ‘third baseman of the future’ as long as he has the defense to be able to stay at third. Our scouts must think he can for him to be the headline of the trade. Bell is a switch hitter with a big build. Scouts say he has big power potential. He hits alot of doubles now, but hes playing in a pitcher friendly league in AA and they should translate into homeruns eventually. Hes 22 years old and should start out at AA Bowie for the O’s. With AA Chattanooga he was batting .296/.386/.497 with 30 doubles, 2 triples, and 11 homeruns. Hes also shown an ability to take a walk with a 50:70 walk to strikeout ratio. I would say if he keeps developing he’ll be the Orioles starting third baseman by the middle of next season.

Steve Johnson is the son of former Oriole and current radio announcer Dave Johnson. He has 4 average to slightly above average pitches (fastball, slider, curveball, changeup), his fast ball is in the high 80’s to low 90’s, but he strikes out alot of batters so he must know how to pitch. This season hes spent most of his time in high A ball, just recently getting promoted to AA and starting 2 games there. In high A, he was 8-4 with a 3.82 ERA. He struck out 102 batters in 96.2 innings and walked 42. In AA he was 1-1 with a 1.69 ERA. He struck out 15 batters in 10.2 innings and walked 3. He should also start out at AA Bowie with the Orioles. I would slot him behind Chris Tillman, Brian Matusz, Jake Arrieta, Matt Hobgood, and Zach Britton as far as our starting pitching prospects go. He’d probably be in the Brandon Erbe, Troy Patton, David Hernandez range. Overall, I think it was a deal the Orioles couldn’t pass up to add a potential third baseman of the future and another arm to the ‘cavalry’. Sherrill was great as an Oriole but closers are continuously overrated in the trade market and unpredictable from year to year. His main asset is as a left handed specialist and he should help the Dodgers out in the late innings.

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