Thursday, July 30, 2009

A New Addition

As you've heard by now the Dodgers acquired George Sherrill from the Baltimore Orioles for prospects Josh Bell and Steven Johnson. MSTI raves about the trade, but Dodger Thoughts does not.

I've always said that a great measure of information can be gained from the fans, the ones that live and breath with every pitch. Here is what a few Oriole blogs are saying about the departure of Sherrill...

Around the Harbor

Sherrill is a fan favorite here due to his "exciting" closing ability and his flat cap, but as much as we love him, he was not part of the Orioles future. Obviously MacPhail does not want to trade every good player will value that is over 30, but Sherrill was valuable.

Dempsey's Army
Geroge Sherrill, Oriole closer and wearer of the flat-brim is gone to the Dodgers for a couple minor league prospects. How long until we see "Sherrill-wood" signs at Chavez Ravine? Hard to believe that a flamboyant personality like Sherrill will not be embraced in L.A. Georgey being Georgey.

Camden Chat (comments section via Brian S)

He gave me heartburn sometimes, but he always seemed like he had a good attitude and wanted to be here. That’s something. Flip your brims up one last time, O’s.

Camden Chat (comments section vis UMterp08)

I love you George. Pray that Torre doesn’t criminally abuse that arm of yours.

Camden Chat (comments section via Bad Horse)

I liked Sherrill as an Oriole, even if he was Mr. Excitement some of the time. The cold calculus, however, is that he’s 32 and much more valuable to a contending team this year than to the Orioles, who are looking to be competitive in a couple of years. It’s always sad to lose a fan favorite. Now go and dominate the NL West, George.

So it seems we got a likeable, and sometimes nerve-wracking set-up man. Can't wait to see him pitch tomorrow when Schmidt goes all of 2 innings and turns it over to our tired bullpen. As for the deal itself, well, I guess we'll check back in a few years. I don't think you can, with 100% certainty, hand down a verdict on a trade involving prospects until those players stories have been written.

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