This season, Andy MacPhail has garnered his fair share of criticism for the O’s woes, some of which can be directly attributed to his offseason signings. In the interest of fairness, though, one of MacPhail’s trades last season is starting to look like a decent maneuver.
In July of ’09, MacPhail traded lefty closer George Sherrill to the LA Dodgers for minor leaguers Steve Johnson and Josh Bell.
On Wednesday, the Dodgers put Sherrill on waivers. Moved out of the closer’s role, Sherrill struggled against the NL West, posting a 7.32 ERA with a 2.237 WHIP. Now that he has been put on waivers, Sherrill could land anywhere, including the Dodgers’ minor league system, or heck, even the Orioles. I mean, he can’t be any worse than Matt Albers, can he?
Sherrill came to Baltimore in 2008, where he quickly earned the closer’s role and a spot on the AL All Star roster as the club’s sole representative. Sherrill pitched two innings in relief for Terry Francona’s All Star club.
Josh Bell did not impress in his first appearance with the Orioles, during which he hit .200 in 15 at bats. Steve Johnson is struggling at AA Bowie with a 6.33 ERA. However, both of these players are still young and regarded as legitimate prospects. Even if neither makes a significant impact in the MLB, appears to have “sold high.” Unless someone can help Sherrill get back to his All Star form.
Speaking of All Stars, I hope you didn’t blink during the seventh inning of the 2010 All Star game. That’s when Ty Wigginton stood at third base for three outs. He was lifted in the top of the seventh for a pinch hitter.
I guess he’ll always get to say he played in an All Star game.
This just in. George Steinbrenner, still dead.