Even after acquiring George Sherrill earlier today. The Los Angeles Dodgers are still searching for additional relievers. Jayson Stark has the latest on the Dodgers seeking a right handed setup man. Teams in conversation with the Dodgers say they have interest in David Weathers, Matt Capps, Arthur Rhodes and Jason Frasor. No links to any Heath Bell, or Chad Qualls rumors.
Update 12:44pm Yahoo’s Gordon Edes says the Orioles are “on the verge” of trading George Sherrill to the Dodgers for Josh Bell, and Scott Elbert. Elbert was a late scratch and pulled from his start last night. Sherrill is a perfect fit and becomes Broxtons setup man. Those are two great prospects for the rebuilding Orioles. The Dodgers have remain focused on Sherrill. He is 32, and under team control through 2011. He has a 2.40 ERA with 20 saves in 41.3 innings this year.
Ed Price from AOL Fanhouse tweets that George Sherrill to Dodgers is a done deal. I will get you details as soon as I get them. There is no confirmation yet, however the Dodgers have been the favorites for a solid two weeks. Stay tuned, details coming shortly.
Update 2:40pm: The Phillies, Angels, Tigers, Rays, Rangers are all reportedly out. The Red Sox and Dodgers remain in the race but have failed to “wow” Ricciardi. The Dodgers have likely moved on after acquiring Sherrill earlier today.
Update 2:33pm: Jack Curry of the New York Times has the latest comments from Ricciardi.
“We’ve got nothing going on. We expect him to be with us.”
Update 11:50am: Yahoo’s Tim Brown is saying it’s a two team race between the BoSox and Dodgers for Halladay. Dodgers still seem to be the frontrunners, and the this will likely get done sooner rather than later. Brown also says that Jason McDonald is the only offered player from the major league roster.
Update 11:41am: Espn’s Jayson Stark says Devaris Gordon is off limits. He better be as he is the heir to replace Rafael Furcal. Gordon should be held on to at all costs.
Update 11:26am: Ken Rosenthal has a source that is now saying things are “very quiet” on Halladay chatter. A source points out that it might take Josh Bell, Devaris Gordon, Josh Lindblom, Ethan Martin and Nathan Eovaldi. This is some kind of joke right?
Joe McDonald of the Providence Journal sees the Dodgers in the lead for Roy Halladay, this is contradicting various reports last night and early this morning.
Ken Rosenthal says the Los Angeles Dodgers are pursuing both George Sherrill and Roy Halladay. It will be challenging to land both as the O’s and Jays want the same prospects. He also notes that the Jays are no longer requiring Chad Billingsley or Clayton Kershaw to be included. While the Orioles are believed to prefer Josh Bell over Blake DeWitt.
Dodgers GM Ned Colletti doesn’t seem inclined to sell the farm for Roy Halladay. Toronto GM J.P. Ricciardi is asking for five or six top prospects in any deal with the Dodgers. Chad Billingsley and Clayton Kershaw are no longer required in any deal. SI’s Jon Heyman says the price is “too high” for Halladay.
He later notes that the Dodgers are still focusing on George Sherrill. No other big names are being linked to the Dodgers currently. Today should be a busy day in Dodgertown, and this may be the quiet before the storm.
Vin Scully one of the most decorated and well known broadcasters in the history of professional sports has announced his tentative retirement. LA Times Bill Plaschke has the story in an interview with the legendary Scully.
Scully was quoted saying “God willing, I will probably come back for one more year.”At this moment, my health is excellent, and I’m leaning toward one more year.”
And then retire?
“Yes, that makes sense,” he said.
This is obviously somewhat expected, as we knew the day would come when his voice would no longer be heard during a Dodgers broadcast. This will be a sad day for all, and also a time to celebrate his legendary voice. It will never be the same without good ol’ Vin calling the game, let’s give Vin one more World Series so we can all hear him say the Los Angeles Dodgers are World Series Champions.