Orioles need to trade George Sherrill now!
I respect Andy MacPhail and what he has done so far as GM, but the
Orioles have a reliever who is as the top of his career, and ultimate peak of
Sherrill was impressive in
the AS game and has proven he is capable of closing. But Sherrill(pictured) is 31 years old, and by the time the Orioles are at
a championship level will be way past his prime. I think 2013 is the absolute earliest the Orioles could plan for
winning the World Series. If that prediction
is right, then Sherrill will be 36 years old.
The Orioles need to trade him at this year’s deadline. Why not wait until next year? Because the Orioles will not be good next
year either, and every year Sherrill gets older his value will go down. I know the Orioles have a currently unstable
bullpen, but they have some nice future pieces like Randor Bierd, Lance
Cormier, Jim Hoey, Cory Doyne, Jim Johnson, Dennis Sarfate, Matt Albers, Chris
Ray, and Bob McCrory.
Ray, of course is the future closer, while Doyne was named Closer of the Year in
the International League (AAA). Sarfate
will be a good set-up man for years to come and Bierd has been a nice Rule 5
Lance Cormier has broken out
in Baltimore as reliever, and the same thing can be said about Matt
Albers. Hoey just needs consistency
and he will be dominant. Jim Johnson
has been the best reliever this year for the O’s, while McCrory is mowing them down
in Norfolk. Fernando Cabrera(pictured) is a big
question mark. He was the
Indians future closer at one time, but has struggled for the past two
years. He’s doing a fine job in
Baltimore so far and has the chance to post a huge comeback season. It’s weird to say that a 26 year old could have a comeback season, but it certainly would apply to Cabrera.
Sherrill should go to any team that could use bullpen
help like the Brewers, Cardinals, Angels, Twins, and even Yankees or Mets. The Orioles could, and should ask for some
prospects in return. I don’t care what
position the minor leaguers play because the Orioles need help everywhere. They could trade Brian Roberts in the
future, so second base depth will be important if that occurs. The only areas I would shy away from, is the
outfield (Adam Jones, Nolan Reimold, Luke Scott, Nick Markakis), and catcher
(Wieters). Any infield players, or
starting pitchers should be the main targets for the O’s.
- Outman is starting games again
in Midland! The A’s are seeing clearly
now. Maybe some Oakland official read
this blog. Or maybe they just don’t care
about what the Phillies think.
- Adam Loewen and Brian Bogusevic
are both abandoning pitching and becoming a first baseman and outfielder,
respectively. Boy, the Orioles just
can’t catch a break. Bogusevic, on the
other hand, has the opportunity to contribute something to the Astros. He was a bust as a pitcher, being drafted in
the first round in 2005. They could
have drafted guys like Matt Garza, Clay Buchholz, Colby Rasmus, or Michael
Bowden. The chance of Bogusevic ever
being as good as any of those players is still extremely slim. They are trying the exact opposite of what
Matt Bush(pictured) is attempting. If you don’t
know about Bush already, he was the first overall pick in 2004. He never did squat in the minors, and at the
end of last season he switched to pitching.
He only pitched in 7.2 innings with a 1.17 ERA, before getting
injured. He had TJS, and will be out
all of this season likely. Of the 7
games he appeared in, six of them were in rookie ball. His last outing was in A-ball. By the way, isn’t it weird that Bush had a
brother named Jeremy, while so does Tim Beckham. Both were high school shortstops drafted first overall. Jeremy (17th round), Tim’s
brother has already been promoted to A- before his bro. Tim has .247 OBP with no homers in 23 games
for Princeton (R). In Tim’s defense,
Jeremy was drafted out of college.
the way, the Randy Wolf for Chad Reineke deal makes no sense at all for the
Astros. Does Ed Wade actually believe
the Astros could make the playoffs? Not
that Reineke is anything special, but I’m starting to think that Wade makes
trades just for the heck of it.
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