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What do you do with George Sherrill at the trade deadline?

Back in Yankee Stadium again for the second time in two weeks. I'm afraid I'll have to start paying rent. Or at least work part-time as the public-address announcer (Bob Sheppard's replacement just isn't cutting it). I'll be back soon, though, so take it easy on the tequila bottles in the back.

Speaking of Sheppard, the 97-year-old PA announcer and Yankee Stadium legend (everything is termed legendary there, but Sheppard actually qualifies) who has taken a leave of absence for health reasons, I had a discussion with a Yankee-writing friend of mine recently about what the Orioles did when Rex Barney died.

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If I remember correctly, the day Barney died there was no PA at all. And for the rest of the year, the club left his seat empty. And they had various people do it for the remainder of the season. Am I remembering that correctly?

It does seem like classic Orioles. They have had their troubles over the past decade on the field, but they usually do tributes well. Maybe that will be a topic of discussion at a later date.

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But not today. We are too close to the trade deadline to have random topics. Can you feel the intensity? Yeah, me either.

This is just a piece of advice, but I wouldn't leave work early on Thursday so you can watch the last few hours trickle away until the 4 p.m. deadline. Truth is, a minor deal could happen, but from what we are hearing at The Sun, there hasn't been a clamoring for any of the Orioles' spare pieces.

We talked yesterday about Aubrey Huff, and it is interesting to me that many of you want him to stay around. Despite what some think about his offseason comments regarding Baltimore, he's a good guy and is having a tremendous season. But his hefty contract makes it tough to get any major building blocks without eating a lot of cash.

If a deal is made by Thursday, my sense is it involves closer George Sherrill. General managers love this guy for his no-fear attitude (we saw that again Tuesday) and his versatility. He can close, setup or get out the tough lefty. He's perfect for a contender. And he isn't arbitration-eligible yet, so he'll be under a club's control through 2011. He'll be 34 by then, so he's not really a good fit for a rebuilding team. And his value probably will never be higher, coming off a strong first half and an outstanding All-Star game performance and heading into a market chock full of contenders with bullpen issues.

That said, the Orioles shouldn't give Sherrill away. There's no reason to. Their approach has to be about 2010 and beyond (some baseball observers believe 2012 should be the target). So if the Orioles can't get legitimate prospects they shouldn't deal Sherrill. It's all about the value -- don't worry about who would close for the Orioles for the rest of the season and next year. The reality is the Orioles sure could use some middle and corner infield prospects, as well as the interminable search for starting pitching, and that has to be the focus.

Just for speculation sake, the Milwaukee Brewers, St. Louis Cardinals and the Los Angeles Dodgers look to be good fits. But the belief is the Brewers aren't giving up shortstop prospect Alcides Escobar and the Cardinals, who have a thin system especially for position players, aren't dealing injured outfielder Colby Rasmus. The Dodgers have plenty of prospects, but will they be willing to pull the trigger?

Daily Think Special: What do you think the Orioles should do with George Sherrill at the trade deadline?

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