According to Ken Gurnick, “The Dodgers shored up their bullpen Thursday by acquiring Baltimore closer George Sherrill in exchange for two prospects, slugging third baseman Josh Bell and right-handed pitcher Steve Johnson, according to baseball sources.”
4:03 PM UPDATE: That’s Steve Johnson, former Oriole Dave Johnson’s son!
4:07 PM UPDATE: The Orioles have acquired Steve Johnson, son of former Orioles’ pitcher from 1989-1991, Dave Johnson.
Johnson’s combined A and AA stats in 2009 include a 9-5 record, 3.61 ERA, and 9.8 strike outs per nine innings.
Third baseman Josh Bell is hitting .296 in AA with 11 homeruns.
4:47 PM UPDATE: Josh Bell was a fourth round pick for the Dodgers in 2005. He’s 22 years old, is a switch hitting third baseman, and is listed at 6’3″, 235 pounds.
Scouts have claimed that Bell has great power at the plate, his defense is solid, but his arm is a little shaky.
Steve Johnson was promoted earlier this week to the Dodgers AA affilliate. He pitched six shutout innings with seven strikeouts and is now 1-1 with a 1.69 ERA in two starts at Chatanooga.