Sherrill Is Used To Trade Whispers

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'I Want To Be Here'

July 21, 2009|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com

NEW YORK - - George Sherrill wants to be part of the nucleus that leads the Orioles back into contention, not a trade chip that brings a couple of more pieces to accelerate that process.

But Sherrill, whose name has factored prominently in trade rumors both before and after the Orioles acquired him from the Seattle Mariners in February 2008 in the Erik Bedard deal, knows he has no say in the matter.

"For sure, I want to be here," said Sherrill, who entered Monday's series opener against the New York Yankees with 20 saves and a 2.35 ERA. "The Mariners are starting to have a little bit of success. Do I wish I was still there? Not really. I'm an Oriole now for as long as it lasts. It would be a little disappointing to get traded, especially if this team does turn it around in the next couple of years.

"They'll have to get obviously what they want. Not necessarily be overwhelmed, but whelmed, I guess. I think it's the same thing as last year. [Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail] is going to set the price high because they don't necessarily have to move me."

As the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline approaches, Sherrill's name seems to come up in a new rumor every day as he has clearly emerged as the team's biggest trade chip. The Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels and Florida Marlins are reportedly interested, and FoxSports.com added the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers to the list of Sherrill's suitors Sunday.

The Orioles, who are looking to acquire a major league-ready corner infielder before the deadline, have maintained all along that it would take a lot for them to move Sherrill.

"I heard they're going to have to be shocked with an offer," Sherrill said. "I don't think they're just going to let me go for nothing. It's just something I really have been hearing my whole career. I just put it behind me and go out and do my job."

Still talking trade

The Orioles are hoping that reliever Cla Meredith, who was acquired from the San Diego Padres on Sunday for infielder Oscar Salazar, will join the team in time for tonight's game.

Dave Trembley watched tape of Meredith on Monday because he hadn't seen the submarine-style right-hander in game action since Meredith pitched for Triple-A Pawtucket and Trembley managed at Ottawa.

"It probably will be a guy to match up against right-handed hitters," Trembley said of Meredith, who was 4-2 with a 4.17 ERA in 35 games for the Padres this year. "It would be a good guy to have to match up against right-handed hitters in this ballpark here and in some parks that are conducive to home runs. We're going to have to take a look at him and see how he fits and then go from there."

Trembley acknowledged that it was tough to move Salazar but said it was the right thing to do considering that he wasn't getting an opportunity to play much for the Orioles.

"Oscar Salazar deserved the opportunity to go play for somebody in the big leagues," Trembley said. "We didn't have a roster spot for him here."

Trembley's (other) team

Trembley, an avid Notre Dame football fan, attended the news conference Monday announcing the Fighting Irish's game against Army at Yankee Stadium on Nov. 20, 2010, after getting a personal invitation from Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis. His next challenge will be convincing his wife, Patti, to let him go to the game.

"The date of the game is our wedding anniversary," Trembley said. "I might have to work on that to see if I could attend. I bet you I get a chance."

Trembley, who exchanges e-mails with Weis and got a book signed by him this season, got a chance to talk to and pose for pictures with the Notre Dame coach.

"He's a big Yankees fan, but that's OK," Trembley said.

Around the horn

Reliever Dennis Sarfate (circulatory condition) will throw a bullpen session today and is scheduled to pitch an inning for Triple-A Norfolk on Friday. ... Reliever Chris Ray (right biceps tendinitis) will pitch an inning for Double-A Bowie on Friday. ... The Orioles signed veteran outfielder Victor Diaz to a minor league deal and assigned him to Norfolk.

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