Report: Chicago Cubs Interested in Orioles' Closer George Sherrill

Tab BamfordSenior Writer IJuly 20, 2009

BALTIMORE - APRIL 8:  George Sherrill #52 of the Baltimore Orioles pitches against the New York Yankees at Camden Yards April 8, 2009 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Reports late Sunday are that the Chicago Cubs are among a handful of teams in contact with the Baltimore Orioles regarding a potential trade for closer George Sherrill.

Sherrill, 32, currently has 20 saves and a 2.35 ERA, while striking out 35 and walking just 12 in 38.1 innings pitched.

The left-handed closer would, along with last week's addition of former Baltimore and Toronto closer BJ Ryan, give the Cubs more depth from that side of the bullpen then they've had in years.

It also might open the possibility of Sean Marshall returning to the Cubs' starting rotation, as he's been the lone lefty in the Cubs' pen most of this season. Marshall being available as a starter could impact the future of Rich Harden in Chicago as well. Harden has struggled, especially at home, for the better part of the last two months.

The addition of Sherrill would provide manager Lou Piniella much more flexibility at the end of games, with three potential shut down closers in his arsenal (with Carlos Marmol and Kevin Gregg being the other two).

Also rumored to be interested in Sherrill's services are the Angels, Marlins, Brewers, and Dodgers.