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Orioles agree to trade Sherrill to Dodgers for 3B Josh Bell and RHP Steve Johnson

AOL's Fanhouse's Ed Price is reporting that Orioles closer George Sherrill is  heading to the Los Angeles Dodgers. No other details are out (as in who the Orioles are getting back), as it still hasn't been officially confirmed.  

Adios Sherrill. I'm miss your flat brim and your (at times) nerve wracking saves.

I'll be in Atlanta Saturday to see the Dodgers and the Braves, so I'm crossing my fingers that I can see a Sherrill save.

UPDATE (3:40, zk): Gordon Edes (Yahoo.com) reports the return in the deal is Scott Elbert and Josh Bell.

UPDATE (3:54, zk): Ken Gurnick of mlblogs reports it's Josh Bell and Steve Johnson

UPDATE (4:02, zk): It's Johnson. Price just updated his story

UPDATE (4:15, zk): Roch thought this deal was unlikely, but now he backs it:

Update: Bell and Johnson have been told not to dress for tonight's game. That makes you think they're heading to a new organization.

Last UPDATE (4:24, zk): The Sun reports the Orioles have agreed to the trade, but no announcement before medical clearance, etc....

The Orioles have agreed to a deal in principle to send closer George Sherrill to the Los Angeles Dodgers this afternoon, but an announcement won't be made until all the parties involved are notified and medical records are cleared, according to several sources.

Just one more (4:28, Stacey): Awwwww

This is an emotional day for our friend Dave Johnson, who found out moments ago on the Orioles radio postgame show that his son might be joining this organization. Host Tom Davis broke the news to Dave and it was an emotional time for a proud father. Dave was at the game on Monday looking on as Steve pitched six shutout innings. - MASN

OK, NOW Just One More (7:27, duck)The Sun caught up with Sherrill for his take:

"It's done now. I'm not staying here," said Sherrill, who did not pitch in Thursday's 7-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals. "I am excited about going. It gives me a shot to be in the playoffs.

"They have a big lead, I mean, we have a big lead, and it'd be nice to have a shot at the playoffs. If all things go as according to plan, it will be nice being in the big league playoffs for the first time."

In his two seasons with the Orioles, Sherrill saved 51 games, made one All-Star team and became a fan favorite with his flat-brimmed cap and dramatic ninth-inning flourishes.

He was 20-for-23 in save opportunities this season, with a 2.40 ERA in 42 games.

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Stats for Josh Bell and Steve Johnson (Baseball Reference).

2009 Stats for both guys, from Baseball America (easier formatting to paste here):

Johnson

Club (League) Class W L ERA G GS CG SV IP H R ER HR BB SO BB/9 SO/9 WHIP STK% G/F
Inland Empire (CAL) HiA 8 4 3.82 18 16 0 1 96.2 94 50 41 14 42 102 3.91 9.50 1.41 0.62
Chattanooga (SL) AA 1 1 1.69 2 2 0 0 10.2 8 5 2 1 3 15 2.53 12.66 1.03 59% 0.55
Minor League Totals 9 5 3.61 20 18 0 1 107.1 102 55 43 15 45 117 3.77 9.81 1.37 59% 0.61

Bell

2009 Batting Statistics
Club (League) Class AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS SH SF GIDP OBP SLG OPS
Chattanooga (SL) AA .296 94 334 47 99 30 2 11 52 50 70 3 5 0 5 7 .386 .497 .883
Minor League Totals .296 94 334 47 99 30 2 11 52 50 70 3 5 0 5 7 .386 .497 .883

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