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So Long, ‘Ol FlatBrim. You’ll Be Missed.

George FlatBrim SherillI was mostly off the grid this afternoon, and as a result I didn’t get the news that George Sherrill had been traded to the Dodgers until about 5:30. You all nailed it in the comments, though, which was awesome.

My first reaction was a little bit of sadness, since The Brim has a special place in my Orioles-loving heart. But my second reaction was “good move.” We got the third baseman that I thought would be critical in any deal, and a decent pitching prospect with hometown roots on top of that. All of that for a pitcher who — on the field — is replaceable.

Here’s some info on the prospects:

Josh Bell is a big (6-3, 235 edit: 220 per Steve Melewski) third baseman who hits for good average and has the potential for above-average power. He’s got a solid arm, and his fielding is said to be adequate but in need of a little work. He’s a switch-hitter and he’s young (22), and he’s been consistently ranked as a top-ten prospect in the Dodgers system (#8 by Baseball America this year).

Here’s some info from scout.com, and here are his minor league numbers.

Right-hander Steven Johnson throws his fastball in the low-90s with sinking action and complements it with strong off-speed pitches (curveball, changeup, slider). In 107.1 minor league innings opponents have hit just .255, and his K-BB numbers are solid at 117-45. And, of course, he’s radio guy Dave Johnson‘s born-in-Baltimore son. Cool story there for sure.

Here’s his info from scout.com, and here are his minor league numbers.

I think we’ll see Bell here either in late 2010 or 2011 at the latest — and he’ll be here as a third baseman. You can book that.

Johnson’s harder to project, but if he keeps doing what he’s doing I can see him making a bid as a back-rotation guy in maybe 2011 or 2012.

On paper this looks like another MacPhail winner. I’ll miss Sherrill, but I’ll also wish him the best out in LA. It’ll be nice to watch him pitch in October.

24 comments to So Long, ‘Ol FlatBrim. You’ll Be Missed.

  • dan the man

    One thing is for sure – it’s going to take awhile to get used to the Baltimore Orioles sans George Sherrill. I’ll always remember that Wayward O was the first one to proclaim that we were getting a good dude when the Bedard rumors were in full force and we really did. You can’t say anything bad about George Sherrill, Person. You can say he wasn’t the most prototypical closer, or that he put too many guys on base, or that his ass was huge, or something. But to me, that just adds to the awesomeness of Flat Breezy, Orioles Legend. He was forced into closing and got the job fucking DONE. We’ll miss you, big guy.

    BUT. The more this trade sinks in, the more I dig it. I mean, when all is said and done, anytime you can trade a reliever for a young, everyday starting 3B prospect and a solid, young starting pitching prospect with Baltimore ties, you do that 10 times out of 10. Now these two players are obviously big ifs. But you know Andy and Krivsky had an army of scouts on these guys and he wouldn’t make a deal unless he thought we were getting solid players. At least in theory, this deal is the right one to make.

    Besides, on the day when we lose a stand-up guy like Sherrill, we get to see what we really have in Brad Bergesen, that is to say: LEADER. This dude pitches 7 innings of 1-run ball, takes a 90MPH line-drive off the shin, limps off the field, takes time to high five Wieters for making the play, and makes sure to get into the clubhouse before finally collapsing from sheer pain. ARE YOU KIDDING ME. Instant Baltimore Fan Favorite, if somehow he wasn’t already. This little dude has all the little shit that Andrew cringes at (strictly jokes, buddy): heart, guts, intangibles, leadership, guile. He’s a gamer. He’s fun to watch. He’s the ace. And seeing him succeed only makes me feel better about getting a dude like Steve Johnson.

  • A Non-Defense of David Ortiz:

    The “source” they keep throwing out there is

    “unidentified lawyers with knowledge of the results”

    That’s what irks me in this whole thing. 10 billion people just made up their mind about David Ortiz. Why? Because some lawyer who doesn’t have the balls to give his name is blabbing to the NY Times like a high school girl on E, breaking a contract in doing so, to report 6 year old non-news?

    It’s not FAIR.

    Ah scratch that, Life’s not Fair.

    All or Nothing. (that’s better)

    Once I get the list of 104 I’m going to have a slander party and enjoy every minute of it.

    But until then I’m not going to buy into it (sorry NY Times, sorry blogosphere, sorry ESPN).

    And instead, I’m going to spread the word that Faceless Lawyers should not be able to shape public opinion.

  • Andrew

    @Joe the Guy – Those lawyers broke the law to reveal that information, and had damn well better keep their identities a secret if they don’t want to go to jail for contempt of court.

    @dan the man – He’s the ace, but he’s not an ace, if that makes any sense. There’s a couple of things that bug me with Bergesen – he hasn’t been extremely lucky with any one thing, but he’s stranding more runners than expected, he’s giving up fewer homers than expected. Not by wide margins, but it adds up to make me think he’s sort of teetering on the edge.

    And I still wonder what will happen when a team like the Yankees sees him a second time – or a third time, for that matter.

    Past all that, it’s hard not to feel both really confident when BB is out there and enthused about the odds of actually turning this thing around. He should be, even after he regresses, very fun to watch and a valuable starting pitching. And that, as they say, is a good start.

  • I have to say, I got pretty excited when I heard Steve Johnson was the pitcher in this deal.

    Growing up in the 80’s here in B-More, there wasn’t a more fun underdog to root for than Dave Johnson, the pride of Overlea High. Guy had NO stuff to speak of. If you’ve read John Eisenberg’s excellent oral history of the Orioles, From 33rd Street to Camden Yards, you remember Dave Johnson’s description of starting the penultimate game of the magic “Why Not” season. Guy couldn’t feel his fingers on the mound.

    Having his kid in the organization, and one that according to scouting reports has some of the talent that his father lacked, is pretty cool.

  • George

    Sad news fellas – Dolly Parton’s musical on Broadway is closing due to poor ticket sales.

    I guess you could say it was a bust.

    Anyhoo, I know I may be in the minority on this one, but I’m glad the guy with the stupid hat is gone. The O’s are the winners in this deal.

  • ryan97ou

    when i was driving home from work last night 105.7 the fan (which i NEVER listen to because of a person who’s name we will not speak of) and they replayed the post-game wrap with dave johnson. they told him live on the air and he go all choked up and was getting pretty emotional. you would have to be a robot not to get chills from it. good stuff. i wish his son a warm welcome and hopefully keeps on the rise.

  • dan the man

    I wonder if you can hear that anywhere still. I just missed that by like literally a minute.

  • Greg

    I missed it too. I would love if someone could track down an mp3 of that or something.

  • Andrew

    @George – I don’t think anybody really thinks the O’s aren’t winners.

  • ryan97ou

    looks like bergy just got put on the 15-day dl and ray and mickolio just got called up.


  • Not such a bad thing. You knew Ray was coming up to serve as set up or closer as a result of the Sherrill trade. And I don’t see it as such a bad thing that we get to see more of what Mickolio’s got.

    Not like we’re worried about a playoff race, right?

  • George

    @Andrew – I think maybe the Dodgers do.

  • Andrew

    @George – Well, sure, but can’t both the teams be winners? They both got something they wanted, right?

  • Tomás

    @dan the man – …really? that’s Josh Bell?

  • Greg

    Josh Bell, at least to me when I saw a picture of him, is not a white guy.

  • Andrew

    Seriously guys? You all don’t know a joke when you see one. That Josh Bell is clearly a violin player and not a baseball player.


  • neal s

    You trying to say that Josh Bell can’t play violin? What, just because a man can jack home runs means he can’t have a sensitive side?

  • dan the man

    originally posted byTomás@dan the man – …really? that’s Josh Bell?

    originally posted byGregJosh Bell, at least to me when I saw a picture of him, is not a white guy.

    Lol.. I really wasn’t expecting that.

    In all seriousness, there’s one picture of Josh Bell and he literally looks like a young Melvin Mora. It’s kind of a little weird.

  • dan the man

    Speaking of Melmo, looks like he might be riding the bench a little more the rest of the way. I think if he’s not a “second half player” 3 weeks after the all-star break, he ain’t gonna be one. Let’s see if Ty can get on a tear like he did in Houston. That’d be fun.

  • Andrew

    I think Dave was just moved by how awesome Brad Bergesen is. We know, Dave…we know.

  • Doug

    I guess im going to miss wondering what George is going to do, will he strike out the side or walk three and bulk home a run? Who knows?

  • Greg

    I had to laugh when Dave Johnson said that.

    “His son’s coming back from Chattanooga to Baltimore”

    *audible crying*
    “Bergesen pitched good”