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Braves add LH help to pen with Sherrill

Posted on: December 8, 2010 4:53 pm

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Braves strengthened their bullpen Wednesday by agreeing to terms with veteran free agent left-hander George Sherrill.

The deal, contingent on Sherrill passing a physical examination that will take place either later Thursday or Friday morning, is a one-year agreement for a base salary of $1.2 million with appearance bonuses that could earn Sherrill as much as $1.4 million.

Sherrill, 33, whittled the list of half-a-dozen or so interested clubs to three and chose Atlanta in the end partly because of the organization itself and partly because, as a Tennessee native, it will allow him to play close to home for the first time in his career after moving from Baltimore to Seattle to Los Angeles.

In 65 appearances for the Dodgers last season, Sherrill went 2-2 with a 6.69 ERA. The former closer for the Orioles has a 3.76 lifetime ERA with 56 saves in 389 career appearances.

Sherrill can begin earning a portion of his $200,000 in incentives with 60 appearances. He'll earn $50,000 at that benchmark, followed by $50,000 each for 65 appearances, 70 and 75.


Since: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2010 8:49 pm

Braves add LH help to pen with Sherrill

I think some standards have dropped when the article said Atl "strengthened their bullpen" by adding a guy with an era closer to SEVEN than six lol.  If the notion of "what have you done for me lately" is a measuring stick than I can assure you that Atl "weakened" their bullpen by adding Sherrill to the bullpen as they COULDN'T have had anyone who did that poorly last season.  Granted IF Sherrill regains the form he had pre 2009 playoffs then they would be on to something good and considering the size of the contracted (in relative terms) they are risking very little. 

I'm not critical of the signing per se, for the reason I just stated but how Miller, whom I generally like as a writer, can say they "strengthened" their bullpen....well that's pretty liberal use of the term isn't it lol?

Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2010 5:31 pm

Braves add LH help to pen with Sherrill

Assuming last year was a fluke and not a sign of rapidly declining skills, and at a salary of only $1.2 million -$1.4 million, this is probably a nice signing for the Braves.  Sherrill was terrible in LA in 2010 --like throwing gas on a fire when he went into the game -- but had 21 saves and a 1.70ERA in 2009.  Not too shabby for a guy you're not signing to be a closer, just a LH specialist and/or set-up man even he even gets close to the 2009 ERA.

Since: Mar 13, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2010 5:13 pm

Braves add LH help to pen with Sherrill

I'm not wild over the move but I like the fact there is another verteran body in the pen, who also used to be a closer.  Could be another good mentor for Kimbrel and Venters. 

Since: Feb 2, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2010 5:06 pm

Braves add LH help to pen with Sherrill

This puts the Braves into contention. Or not.

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