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Another sign Dodgers are broke: Sherrill up for grabs

Dec 7, 2009, 4:21 AM EDT

A large-market team should be able to pay a top-notch setup man $4 million-$4.5 million. That’s what the Royals gave Kyle Farnsworth, and at last check, Kansas City wasn’t a large market and Farnsworth wasn’t top notch.
The Dodgers, though, seem to be facing greater financial problems by the day, and according the, they’ve now put George Sherrill up for bids.
Sherrill did stumble in the NLCS against the Phillies, but it was just one bad night in a game in which the Dodgers were already losing. He had a 0.65 ERA in 27 2/3 innings after being acquired from the Orioles for Josh Bell and Steve Johnson, and he came up big twice versus the Cardinals in the NLDS. For the year, he had a 1.70 ERA in 69 innings.
Because he can serve as a setup man for a contender or a closer on a lesser team and he’s under control for two more years, Sherrill will be very attractive in trade talks. Sherrill and a prospect to Detroit for Edwin Jackson would make sense, even if Jackson was a bust in L.A. the first time around. The Rangers, who have weighed moving C.J. Wilson into the rotation, could give up a couple of young arms for him. The Rays would probably be willing to part with Andy Sonnanstine, though that’s unlikely to get a deal done. The Phillies could use him, but they wouldn’t give up J.A. Happ and Kyle Kendrick simply isn’t very attractive.

  1. Old Gator - Dec 7, 2009 at 11:25 AM

    The Dodgers as the Marlins of the west coast. It boggles the mind. Maybe the San Andreas will turn from a slip-strike fault to a subduction zone just long enough to swallow the McCourt’s beachfront mansion with him in it and restore the world to normalcy.

  2. Andre - Dec 7, 2009 at 12:04 PM

    The Marlins have won two MLB world championships in the last twelve years. The Dodgers have a record much better than most teams over the last five years. Winning speaks for itself no matter how much people try criticize you.

  3. Matt - Dec 7, 2009 at 12:21 PM

    The Dodgers have plenty of very good relievers so a trade for Jackson or some good young talent would make sense.

  4. Craigary - Dec 7, 2009 at 1:13 PM

    While there are many signs that the Dodgers have money issues this, I’d argue, isn’t necessarily one of them. It would actually be a smart move, imho. Why not trade Sherrill while his value is super high and in demand as a solid lefty reliever (and Pierre if they can) when the Dodgers have quite a few young (and yes, cheaper) lefty options like Kuo, Elbert, etc. If they can unload both those guys for young prospects, who cares if it’s a sign of money issues or not — it’d actually be smart.
    Which is why it probably won’t happen. :-/

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