Dodgers Add to Bullpen, Trade for Orioles Closer George Sherrill
The Dodgers have been seeking pitching help, especially in relief with Ronald Belisario and Will Ohman on the disabled list. L.A. starters average the second fewest innings per game in the NL. Manager Joe Torre has made 322 pitching changes, third-most in the league, and has asked a reliever to go more than an inning 90 times, by far the most in the NL.
Sherrill, 32, was 20-for-23 in save chances with Baltimore, compiling a 2.40 ERA and .219 average allowed. Over his past 31 appearances, he has a 1.47 ERA with 30 strikeouts and 10 walks in 30 2/3 innings. He is not eligible for free agency until after the 2011 season.
MLB.com reported the Dodgers gave up two minor-leaguers, third baseman Josh Bell and pitcher Steve Johnson. Johnson's father Dave is an Orioles broadcaster who pitched for the team in 1989-91.
Bell, 22, has great raw power but a thick body that some belive may force him to move to first base or the corner outfield. Baltimore, though, liked his feet, hands and arm strength on defense. Bell was hitting .296 with 11 homers, 30 doubles and a .396 on-base percentage in Double-A.
Johnson, who turns 22 on Aug. 31, is considered a smart pitcher who could wind up at the back end of a rotation. He went 8-4 with a 3.82 ERA in Class A before being promoted to Double-A, where he has made two starts (1-1, 1.69 ERA, 15 strikeouts and three walks in 10 2/3 innings).
Los Angeles has lost four straight after not having dropped more than two in a row all year.