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I was looking at something and come across this. In 2009 the Dodgers made a trade deadline deal with the Orioles to acquire closer George Sherrill to beef up their bullpen in their run to winning the NL West title that year. On the surface the trade was pretty good for the Dodgers because all they gave up was a pair of minor league players, 3B Josh Bell and P Steve Johnson.

Bell was suppose to be a pretty good prospect but has since flamed out with both the Orioles and Diamondbacks. So the trade was looking even more like a solid trade for the Dodgers but then the Orioles finally made the trade pay off for them. Pitcher Steve Johnson was called up in August and went undefeated in his starts in route to helping the Orioles make the playoffs.

It's why many trades can't be fully judged in the then and now. Just another lesson for all of us that while the trade may look good on the surface now in the long run the trade may not work out the way we think it will.

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