As you might have heard by now, the Orioles reportedly acquired two players -- minor league starting pitcher Steve Johnson and third baseman Josh Bell -- from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for closer George Sherrill.
Johnson might sound familiar to a lot of Orioles fans.
The 21-year-old right-hander is the son of former Orioles pitcher and current broadcaster Dave Johnson. The younger Johnson graduated from St. Paul's High School in 2005 and was selected in the 13th round by the Dodgers that year.
In five seasons as a member of the Dodgers' minor league system, Johnson is 29-26 with a 4.25 ERA.
The 6-foot-1, 185-pound pitcher was 8-4 with a 3.82 ERA in 18 games (16 starts) for the Single-A Inland Empire 66ers this season before being promoted to the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts. He was 1-1 with a 1.69 ERA in two starts for Chattanooga.
Johnson struck out 117 batters in 107 1/3 overall innings between the two teams this season.
The Dodgers picked Bell in the fourth round of the 2005 MLB draft. The 22-year-old third baseman is batting .296 with 11 home runs and 52 RBIs in 94 games for Chattanooga in 2009.
In five minor league seasons, Bell is hitting .289 with 47 home runs and 218 RBIs.
The 6-foot-3, 235-pound switch-hitting infielder's best season was in 2007 when he hit .271 with 17 home runs and 71 RBIs in 128 games while splitting time between the Single-A Great Lakes Loons and Inland Empire.
Bell, however, seems to have some defensive issues.
During the 2007 season, he committed 38 errors, including 35 in 90 games for Great Lakes. Bell has made 17 errors so far in 2009, and he also committed 17 defensive miscues in 64 games for the Rookie-level Ogden Raptors in 2006.
What does everyone think about the trade?
It's going to be interesting to see Johnson and McDonogh graduate Brandon Erbe pitching in the same organization, in my opinion, after watching them duel frequently during their high school careers in the Baltimore area.