The Los Angeles Dodgers sent two prospects to Baltimore to acquire George Sherrill; the Oriole closer will become the eighth inning pitcher in front of Jonathan Broxton or give Joe Torre an alternate closer if needed. Baltimore gets Josh Bell and Steve Johnson, two solid prospects. In fact, if you add it up, the Orioles originally got Sherrill as part of the Erik Bedard trade, so to trade Sherrill for two more players, Baltimore has actually turned Bedard into six players. [ESPN]
Sherrill was an all-star in 2008 and has actually gotten better in 2009, with just a single loss against 20 saves and a 2.40 ERA. Josh Bell is a third baseman with some skill – just 22 (drafted out of Lantana HS in Florida), he’s improved his patience and contact as he’s moved through the minors, has a little power, and likely can be considered a replacement to Melvin Mora in 2011. Steve Johnson is the son of former Oriole pitcher (and current broadcaster) Dave Johnson. He fights his control from time to time, but he’s got a big strikeout pitch and just arrived in AA one month shy of 22 and looked impressive. If he rights the control ship, he’d be a solid prospect. For now, he’s a live arm with potential.
The Cubs swapped pitchers with the Pirates, sending starter Kevin Hart, reliever Jose Ascanio, and minor league infielder Josh Harrison to Pittsburgh for reliever John Grabow and Jayhawk alum, Tom Gorzelanny. The Cubs wanted left handed pitching – especially a situational lefty – and got it. The Pirates swap someone who was good once for someone who could make the rotation right away (Gorzelanny for Hart)… This isn’t much of a trade, but the bonus could be nice for the Bucs – and that’s Josh Harrison. Harrison is a mobile infielder who makes good contact and is willing to work the count. In a couple of years, he could be playing second base and batting second in the Pirates lineup. I actually like this deal for Pittsburgh. [SI]
The Cubs will be looking for an outfielder to replace Reed Johnson, who fouled a ball off his foot, causing a fracture that will sideline Johnson for three to four weeks. [MLB]
Kansas City sent cash to Detroit for outfielder Josh Anderson. I like Anderson, though he’s never really made a big splash at the major league level yet. He’ll be a welcome defender for Royals pitchers, and with the underperforming Jose Guillen out with a knee injury. he’s actually a step up over what the Royals are playing now. He’s NOT going to change the fortune of the Royals – Anderson is a line drive guy with not a whole lot of power and never drew a ton of walks – but at least he can play a little. Kansas City needs a BOPPER. [ESPN]
Arizona’s ace Brandon Webb’s shoulder has never felt right this year, and now he’s going to be examined again – in part to determine if he needs surgery. This all started when Webb was negotiating an extension, and now he’s likely going to miss two full seasons… [ESPN]
Hurry Back! Brewer starter Jeff Suppan heads to the DL with a strained oblique.
Is it Over? Houston released Russ Ortiz. He hasn’t won a July game in five years – and the Cubs pounded him last night.