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December 7, 2010

Orioles in the running for Sherrill, but Phillies the favorite

The Orioles are expected to meet with the agent of their former closer, George Sherrill, this week to discuss a possible reunion.

Sherrill, who was non-tendered by the Los Angeles Dodgers, told The Sun on Saturday that he was interested in a Baltimore return.

However, he has plenty of suitors and most in the industry believe that he will sign with the Philadelphia Phillies, who are very much interested in the big lefty. Sherrill was signed out of the independent leagues by Charley Kerfeld, a special assistant to Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. Kerfeld and Sherrill remain friends. The Phillies also need left-handed bullpen help and give Sherrill the best opportunity to get back to the playoffs.

Sherrill has strong and positive feelings for the Orioles organization. I'm not sure they are strong enough to overcome the Phillies' other advantages.

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Posted by Jeff Zrebiec at 11:15 AM | | Comments (12)
        

Comments

Jeff,

Why?

Haha. I did not really want Sherrill until I found that the Phillies wanted him! Wonder how many others felt that way.

I could see trading Pie for Bartlett, but I like a stronger defensive SS on a team with young pitchers. Resigning Patterson and having a healthy Reimold would give enough OF depth. Pie may pass as an imitation of Crawford. Would overpay for Konerko but could live with LaRoche

Any idea who the relief pitchers may be that the Os are going to sign?

Actually, I watched the Dodger this past 2010 season. I watched Broxton's implosion first hand and it was a week before the All Star Break and then continued for the reast of the season.
Funny thing is he unwittingly helped the Giants during the All Star game. If he hadn't pitched well during that game, the NL would not have won and the Rangers not the Giants would have been the home team in the 2010.

Anyway, the times I saw Sherrill he was trying to clean up the mess that Broxton made during the season. When I saw Sherrill pitch, he would pitch well. Obviously, when I didn't watch him, he clearly didn't do as well, hence the 6.69 era. Now with that being said I would rather go in a different direction, I am not a big fan of bringing back players that you traded in years past. So, here's to hoping the O's decide to give up that second round choice to get Grant Balfour. Also, we could have that Olivia Newton John night, if we do indeed sign him. Add some much needed fun to the Yard, that has been long missing!

Sherill isn't a closer candidate anymore, but he could be useful in Hendrickson's former role as a long reliever or even as a left-handed spot reliever.

Jeff,

I just read in the New York Daily News that the Nationals are ready to offer Cliff Lee a seven year deal.

It is too bad MacPhail and Agelos are not as serious about improving their team as Washington.

What do you know about this?

Bring back the BRIM REAPER just not as closer

I'd love to see him back in an O's uniform. He's still one of the best in the majors at getting lefties out (check out his platoon splits, including last year), as he has been since becoming a full-time major leaguer. Valuable weapon to have coming out of the bullpen. Don't need to use him as a closer anymore, but he'd still make the team better.

Orioles fan since 1960. Live in St. Pete now and follow Rays as well.Balfour and Bartlett would be great additions If we have to give up something to get JB make sure we get him for more than one year. Geno

will you please get this koje deal done ,there was no hotter pitcher then koji the last two months

I like Cantu for the first, I want the return Milwood,Sherril an Uhejara, Reimold is better than Bartlett.

SHERRILL WOULD BE GREAT --HE DID VERY WELL WITH US BEFORE LEAVING AND IF THE PHILLIES WANT HIM -HE MUST HAVE SOMETHING GOOD IN HIM

trade rumors just announced sherrill signed with the braves on a 1 year deal.

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