The Sherrill trade: Wish we were buyers instead of sellers

July 30, 2009 | Drew Forrester

George Sherrill probably can’t contain himself tonight as he ponders a new beginning in Los Angeles with a winning organization and a club in serious contention for a post-season berth this season. 

Sherrill’s thrilled to be out of Baltimore.

I’m not sure I feel the same excitement about today’s deal.

I’ve never really been a huge Sherrill-as-the-closer fan because he puts too many men on base for my liking.  That said, he was a gritty performer who succeeded more often than not.  Jorge Julio, he wasn’t.

The deal today, though is an on-going symbol of the O’s current state of mind and that’s what I’m having a hard time coming to grips with, I suppose.

Look around at the trading deadline and answer me this question: How many good teams are trading away their good players? And how many bad teams are trading away their good players?

You know the answer.

The “sellers” at the deadline are the franchises who are – generally speaking – going backwards.  The “buyers” are the teams trying to win or at least moving in the general direction of winning.

Once again, the O’s are deadline SELLERS, not buyers.

That bothers me.

They’ll survive without Sherrill, obviously.  I wonder, though, did the O’s inquire about Cliff Lee before the Indians dealt him to the Phillies for a couple of decent prospects and some towels?  Was there ever a consideration to approach the A’s about Matt Holliday and use him as a DH and 4th outfielder?  He has more ability in his hair gel than Felix Pie has in his body.  I’m not saying those deals could have been made, because I don’t know all the parameters and contract situations.  I’m just asking if there was ever a thought from Andy MacPhail and the club to be buyers at the deadline — instead of sellers?

We won’t know that answer because Andy’s not allowed to talk to the media unless he’s under the protective custody of the team’s PR staff.  

Selling off good players is what the Pirates do.  And we all know they stink.

The Indians have moved two of the best left-handed pitchers in the game over the last 15 months and received little value in return.  Don’t look now, but the Tribe stinks too.

Who knows what lies ahead in the next day?  Maybe someone will take Danys Baez in a pinch and maybe, just maybe, Aubrey Huff is in the last 24 hours of his O’s career.  I’d be OK with either of those guys packing their bags tomorrow.

For some reason, I’m just not high on the Sherrill deal.

And like I said, I’m not really that much of a Sherrill lover.

But on the whole, he has a lot more quality and value than Huff and/or Baez. 

I was hoping we dump one of those guys — or, perhaps, maybe we find a team silly enough (besides us) to take Pie or even the struggling Luke Scott. 

I wanted to be a seller by jettisoning the scrubs, not the good players.

Good teams acquire good players at the deadline.

Bad teams trade good players at the deadline.

There’s no doubt which profile our O’s fit.

Oh well, one MAJOR deal was struck today in Baltimore.  Michael Oher signed with the Ravens last night and was in Westminster this afternoon.  

And that reminds me:  it’s officially football season around here.