George Sherrill Clears Waivers

TUESDAY, 8:01am: Sherrill cleared waivers, reports MLB.com's Evan Drellich.  If the Dodgers attempt to send him to the minors, he can consent, reject the assignment, or declare free agency.  Said manager Joe Torre recently, "Sherrill doesn't have a situation. He's still in our bullpen.  I think he's throwing the ball better."

WEDNESDAY, 5:01pm: The Dodgers put George Sherrill on outright waivers, according to Ed Price of AOL FanHouse. Price suggests Sherrill, who makes $4.5MM this season, will clear waivers, which would enable the Dodgers to option the reliever to the minor leagues. The 33-year-old lefty has a 7.32 ERA and nearly as many walks (16 BB) as innings (19.2 IP) so far in 2010.  

Outright waivers are not revocable, so the Dodgers won't be able to pull Sherrill back if a rival team claims him. A claim seems unlikely, given his salary, performance so far in 2010 and early-season back tightness. If Sherrill clears waivers, the Dodgers will have an open 40-man roster spot.

Sherrill pitched well for the Dodgers after they acquired him from Baltimore last summer, though not quite as well as his 0.65 Dodgers ERA suggests. Sherrill did strike out twice as many batters as he walked and allowed less than one hit per inning pitched last year. The Dodgers paid a steep price for two quality months of Sherrill: Josh Bell and Steve Johnson.

Johnson is struggling with command at AA, but Bell, who entered the season as Baseball America's second-ranked Orioles prospect, was just called up to the majors. The 23-year-old posted a .765 OPS this year in his first stint at Triple A.


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66 Comments on "George Sherrill Clears Waivers"


Dermick
5 years 1 month ago

Cardinals Go!

Ferrariman
5 years 1 month ago

god i hope not. thats 2million ish that can be spent much more wisely.

5 years 1 month ago

Wow, how the mighty have fallen

5 years 1 month ago

I was thinking the exact same thing…how many years ago was it he was a pennant race pickup???

thegrayrace
5 years 1 month ago

… less than 1 year ago?

dodgerjulio
5 years 1 month ago

Thank you!

baseball1
5 years 1 month ago

Thanks for Josh Bell!

HerbertAnchovy
5 years 1 month ago

I don’t get how Sherrill fell apart in a year. Maybe it was the Charlie Manson goatee.

5 years 1 month ago

Probably because he started to look like David Wells with that big gut. Definitely seemed to resort to the Yancey Brazoban way of being a baseball player. Have some success then balloon to the point you can barely see your own feet.

5 years 1 month ago

He was so good last year. And so bad this year. I feel bad for him but glad the Dodgers have made this move. I demand the call-up of Kenley Jansen if/when Duckbill clears waivers.

Guest
5 years 1 month ago

He will clear, but Jansen is on the 40 man roster already so Sherrill isn’t holding him back. I would be really surprised to Kenley up before September

Gumby65
5 years 1 month ago

I bet Jansen is already on his way to StL, and they’ll announce it pre-game. Just a hunch.

Guest
5 years 1 month ago

JMac and Troncoso will be called up before Jansen.

thegrayrace
5 years 1 month ago

Troncoso? I highly doubt he got his issues worked out in 2 weeks in AAA after sucking for a full year. (His ERA is over 5.50 dating back to July 2009.)

Gumby65
5 years 1 month ago

Well considering they actually need to have another starter, you may be dead on with JMac (interchangeable with CMon in swing/5th spots), until the trade deadline comes and we all wind up disappointed anyway =)

ekohn
5 years 1 month ago

The corresponding roster move would be activating Manny. They had an extra reliever because Ely was replaced with Link. Want to keep Paul up since Johnson is hurting and they need a defensive replacement/ late inning runner for Manny. Jansen may very well get called up before Sept, but it won’t be until mid-August.

dire straits
5 years 1 month ago

Bye-bye Sherrill!

ekohn
5 years 1 month ago

In reality, he’s probably not going anywhere. Nobody is going to pick up a $4 million reliever with an ERA near 8 and he can refuse a minor league assignment. Since the Dodgers said they won’t outright release him, this is likely just buying a few days for a roster move so Manny can be activated. In 48 hours, Sherrill will replace Paul on the roster, notwithstanding the Dodgers hope someone actually claims him.

dire straits
5 years 1 month ago

He can refuse a minor league assignment? Well, good for him. But at least he’s not gonna be stinking it up in a Dodger uniform.

ekohn
5 years 1 month ago

unfortunately he will be. the dodgers said they won’t release him. It’s a good move, if you are gonna pay him, might as well keep him in the back of the pen another month and hope he turns it around.

jwsox
5 years 1 month ago

WHITESOX!!! PLEASE….then we can have sherril, putz, santos, thornton, jenks…5 closer types…and another lefty so we can send scott”i forgot how to do anything” linerbink one his way to the holy land

the_show
5 years 1 month ago

There is no way they will waive Linebrink with all the money left on his contract

5 years 1 month ago

Just so you know man, Scott Linebrink is at least 2-3 x better than Sherrill. His ERA, a high 4.91, is more than 2 runs better than Sherrill’s.

jwsox
5 years 1 month ago

Im going to respectfully disagree with you, I have seen way too many games over the past 3 years where linebrink blew it, or came into a game with a huge lead and blew that as well, i would rather see a lefty who is on par with linebrink then see linebrink in a sox uni ever again

loeres
5 years 1 month ago

hmm could the redsox try to get him? hes a lefty with good history + according to cots contracts its his third year of arbitration (which means hes a fa after this season right?) and is a type b according to elias within striking distance of type a.
what do you think?

5 years 1 month ago

Trust me people, you don’t want this guy. As good as he was last year, he has been absolutley GOD-AWFUL this year. I honestly cannot remember an outing in which he didn’t give up a hit/run.

loeres
5 years 1 month ago

sorry repost

jwsox
5 years 1 month ago

there are times when waiving a player and eating his money works for the benifit of the team, there really isnt that much money left it should be right around 4-5 mill…and trust me the team will benifit from it

5 years 1 month ago

Paying Sherrill 4.5 MIL and having him not play is a helluva lot better than paying him 4.5 MIL and play.

5 years 1 month ago

Hes always been nothing more than a LOOGY, to be perfectly honest.

Career vs RH: .781 OPS against, 1.10 K/BB
Career vs LH: .505 OPS against, 4.23 K/BB

Domenic
5 years 1 month ago

A shame. I bet a few teams give him a hard look despite the salary.

ekohn
5 years 1 month ago

LMFAO

Pavilionbum
5 years 1 month ago

What happened to this guy? Troncoso, too? With Broxton and Kou the Dodgers still have a solid pen, but just goes to show how unpredictable bullpens can be.

CosaOne
5 years 1 month ago

In Troncoso’s case Joe Torre the Bullpen Destroyer happened to him. Im not sure if Sherrill was also Joe Torre’d but when I saw him pitch last his velocity looked down

5 years 1 month ago

George just got way too fat and lost his body control. I bet if he loses some weight and starts looking more like an athlete, he’d be able to control his body and throw more strikes. His biggest problem was not being able to throw strikes this year.

thegrayrace
5 years 1 month ago

Cory Wade, yes. Troncoso, I’m not so sure. Troncoso was just never that great to begin with. He had 3 good months early 2009, has been mediocre since.

Pavilionbum
5 years 1 month ago

But I really hope someone DOES claim him. That’d be about $2 million the Dodgers can spend towards a deadline trade.

5 years 1 month ago

Yeah, but the $2 million will go towards divorce lawyers, not players.

not_brooks
5 years 1 month ago

Bell’s back in AAA now. I’m looking forward to watching him strike out more while pretending to be a switch hitter.

I don’t blame it on him though. If Bell was still with the Dodgers, he’d be well on his way to replacing Casey Blake.

Guest
5 years 1 month ago

As of right now Blake is the better player. For this season hes better, next year we will see.

ekohn
5 years 1 month ago

If Bell were still with the Dodgers, he would still be in AAA and still be trade bait. If Blake moves on, DeWitt moves to third, and that still would have been the case with Bell in the organization. People should stop having love affairs with any player who shows up on a top 10 prospect list.

RedSoxDynasty
5 years 1 month ago

I bet theo’s working out something with the Dodgers right now where we split the cost rather than pay the remainder of his contract without sending even a fringe prospect out!

jwsox
5 years 1 month ago

he was out righted there is no trade here…ala alex rios….a team will claim him and he will change uni’s and the team taking him will take the remainder of his contract, not a trade this is not teh same as a DFA, in a DFA a trade can be worked out because they are not outright waivers. Once another GM says they want sherril they are thier unless another team with a higher waiver claim takes him first the dodgers cant get anything but salary relief back from this

ekohn
5 years 1 month ago

Split the cost? You cannot be serious. Doesn’t he have like $2 million left this year? You really think someone is going to pay $1 mil for a reliever with an ERA of 7? Really?

thegrayrace
5 years 1 month ago

His ERA doesn’t even tell you everything.

George Sherrill has allowed 17 of 30 (57% of) inherited runners to score.

5 years 1 month ago

not that I like the fact that he’s allowed all those runs but I’m just liking the fact someone pointed out that he’s been worse than his basic stats suggest.

5 years 1 month ago

The Dodgers have really sacrificed some young talent recently at the deadline in order to acquire some middling major leaguers and not pay much of their salary. Giving up better prospects for deadline rentals that the other team pays for works out well for the 2-3 months that the player was acquired for but then guys like Carlos Santana and Josh Bell start playing for their new teams and you have to wonder if George Sherrill and Casey Blake were really worth it. Given Colletti’s affection for mediocre veterans I’d guess he believes it is worth it. With the way Russell Martin is hitting these days I would think they’d like to have a do-over on that one, and now Sherrill gets outrighted. Keep up the good work Ned and Frank, the rest of the NL is rooting for you!

thegrayrace
5 years 1 month ago

Santana/Blake and Bell/Sherrill were both horrible trades for the Dodgers, the former likely due to ownership’s unwillingness to add Casey Blake’s salary (the Indians paid it). I think most Dodger fans, at least those knowledgeable of the farm system, knew it at the times those trades were made. The Casey Blake trade was worse in the sense that he probably could’ve been had for the Dodgers other catching prospect – Lucas May – had the Dodgers been willing to take on his salary.

It looks even worse if you consider the Dodgers probably could’ve used Carlos Santana and Josh Bell (if they still had them) as part of a package at last year’s trade deadline to acquire Cliff Lee. That, in turn, would’ve forced the Phillies to overpay for Halladay. And who knows how the NLCS would’ve turned out in that case… and, either way, the Dodgers would have had Cliff Lee all season this year as well.

Boneheaded moves by McCourt and Colletti. They really haven’t made a good trade in their entire reign aside from LaRoche for Manny, which they lucked into.