Both are headed to Double-A Bowie.
Bell was the must-have in the trade. The Orioles view him as a potential third baseman of the future – and that’s sort of important since the third baseman of the present, Melvin Mora, can be a free agent at season’s end and almost surely won’t be back.
Johnson’s a good story. A local kid from St. Paul’s that excelled in high school and grew up around the game with his father, former Oriole pitcher and current MASN broadcaster Dave Johnson.
It’s way too early to determine whether this was a good deal by the Orioles. There are several factors, including whether set-up man Jim Johnson can close and whether the big-bodied Bell, (6-foot-3, 235 pounds) can adequately play third in the future.
So the best question for today should be about Sherrill and whether you’ll miss him.
I’ve got to be honest. Sherrill and I clashed at first. But over time I learned to appreciate Sherrill and his stand-up demeanor when he blew a save.
Eventually, I learned to like Sherrill the guy. He was very approachable and had a sly sense of humor.
As far as a pitcher, he has -- and I’ll say this in a polite way -- serious guts. The guy didn’t get rattled. And, though his stuff was a tick above ordinary, he never doubted his ability to get hitters out. He was made for the late innings – regardless of role.
I was at the 2008 all star game when he became belle of the ball when he threw 2 1/3 shutout innings. Let me tell you, he loved being there, too. A former independent leaguer, you could tell how excited he was to be on that stage. And it was cool to see.
Daily Think Special: Will you miss George Sherrill? What’s your take on the move?