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As Fanhouse's Ed Price was first to tweet, George Sherrill(notes) is headed to the Dodgers. Double-A third baseman Josh Bell goes to Baltimore along with RHP prospect Steve Johnson.

Sherrill shouldn't close in L.A., and it's not necessarily clear that he'd leapfrog Ramon Troncoso(notes) in the bullpen hierarchy. He loses basically all of his mixed 5x5 value, although MLB.com's Ken Gurnick tossed out this disconcerting note: "Sherrill can serve as a set-up man, or share the closer role with Jonathan Broxton(notes)."

Expect a set-up role. Hope dims for Sherrill owners.

If you're chasing saves, go get Baltimore's Jim Johnson(notes) now. You should have done it last week. Johnson regularly works the eighth for the O's, and he picked up a two-inning, four-K save last night against the Royals. The 26-year-old has a mid-90s fastball, useful ratios (3.17, 1.24), and he should be next in line for closing duties. The Baltimore Sun agrees.

Entering this season, Baseball America ranked Bell as the Dodgers' No. 8 overall prospect and the top power hitter in their minor league system. The 22-year-old is hitting .296/.386/.497 at Chattanooga with 11 homers and 30 doubles. He's an excellent add for the Orioles, but he won't have immediate fantasy relevance. Johnson is a 21-year-old who's struck out 117 batters in 107.1 minor league innings this season, and he has a 3.61 ERA across two levels. Nice, but he's not going to make a fantasy contribution in '09. Bell is the more interesting long-term prospect.

It's worth noting that the Dodgers still have plenty of talent remaining to make a run at Roy Halladay(notes) if the Jays suddenly become reasonable.

Update, 7:05 pm EDT: The Los Angeles Times' Bill Shaikin reports that Sherrill "is expected to be used primarily in the eighth inning, giving the Dodgers a veteran bridge to closer Jonathan Broxton." You should consider Sherrill the appropriate handcuff to Broxton, but nothing more.

Shaikin also wrote that the Dodgers have been "negotiating extensively with the Toronto Blue Jays for ace Roy Halladay" this afternoon and they're trying to get the Jays ace "without giving up Clayton Kershaw(notes) or Chad Billingsley(notes)."

If they were to flip either of those two starters along with prospects, they'd be treading water. It seems like a minor league bonanza is the way to go. But can they top the Rangers best offer? Will Ricciardi just keep asking for additional pieces?

To be continued...

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