Monday, June 9, 2008

NYYSI Rumor Mill - Source: George Sherrill to be traded before the deadline

Obviously, take this with a grain of salt, since I don't have any direct source in the Orioles front office to confirm or deny this. However, a family member works for the Orioles and was speaking to a member of Stadium Operations who apparently is in the front office meetings. The word out of the meetings is that the Orioles are trying to get George Sherrill as many saves as possible before the trade deadline and then are going to try to trade him for some young pitchers with front of the rotation upside.

My thoughts on this:

- It makes perfect sense - the Orioles may be in contention right now, but they know that they still have a poor - mediocre team. Trading Sherrill while his value is at its peak is a great baseball move - something the Orioles are not accustomed to.
- If they want young starters with front of the rotation upside, they are dreaming. Sherrill has been good this year, but he is definitely not a lockdown closer. He is the sort of guy that you want pitching in a big ballpark that is friendly to lefty flyball pitchers.
- He would be a GREAT fit for the Yankees bullpen, but the Orioles are sure to be asking a lot for him and he probably isn't worth the asking price. However, the Yankees could really use a quality lefty out of the pen, especially with their struggles in that area the past few years.

This should be very interesting. I can't wait to see if this source was correct.

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