So, it took a few weeks, but the Baltimore Orioles and Seattle Mariners finally took care of the exchange for starting pitcher Erik Bedard.
As we stated in a previous post, the M’s are getting a phenomenal starting pitcher who probably becomes an immediate top-5 fantasy pitcher in 2008.
My opinion of Adam Jones – at this point in his career – as an AL-only option in deep leagues, also remains unchanged. See the previous post for my analysis of Adam Jones.
George Sherrill is the only other player that should have a fantasy baseball impact in 2008. The remaining three pitching prospects that go to Baltimore in the trade – Chris Tillman, Tony Butler, and Kam Mickollo – will likely not see the majors until later this season (at the earliest).
Sherrill is an intriguing player because of his potential to be the closer for Baltimore this season. Last year’s closer in B-more, Chris Ray, had Tommy John surgery during the off-season, so 2008 is out of the question for him. Sherrill was one of the top lefty relievers in the game in 2007. He struck out 56 batters in only 45 innings in ’07, had an ERA of 2.36, and a WHIP just below 1.00.
While he’s not an early round draft selection as a closer, Sherrill could warrant some consideration in the later rounds as a 2008 sleeper pick. If your league includes the K/9 (strikeouts per 9 innings average) category, then taking Sherrill in the late rounds would be a good idea. Otherwise, keep Sherrill in mind as an insurance closer late in the draft.
George Sherrill might not lead you to the fantasy baseball championship in 2008, but he could certainly be an asset to your success – likely more of a key to success in 2008 than Adam Jones, or the other prospects Baltimore received in trade.