Tag:George Sherrill
Posted on: December 8, 2010 4:53 pm

Braves add LH help to pen with Sherrill

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.

Posted on: July 30, 2009 4:31 pm

O's Sherrill headed to Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers are close to scooping up the bullpen help they were looking for with a deal in place to acquire acquiring closer George Sherrill from Baltimore, CBSSports.com has confirmed. The Orioles are expected to receive two prospects, third baseman Josh Bell and right-handed pitcher Steve Johnson.

The deal is pending medicals and some other details and, assuming everything checks out, it is expected to be announced later Thursday afternoon or evening.

With Jonathan Broxton closing, Sherrill likely with slide in as a set-up man for the Dodgers. At the very least, it gives the Dodgers both depth and options. Sherrill and Broxton could share the closer's role, and the duo gives the Dodgers insurance against injury as well.

The move not only beefs up Joe Torre's relief corps this year, but gives the Dodgers a nice bullpen piece next year as well. Sherrill is not eligible for free agency until after the 2010 season.

In 42 appearances this year for the Orioles, Sherrill has 20 saves and a 2.40 ERA.

Posted on: July 30, 2009 2:26 pm

Sherrill, Bell talks continue

The demand for relief pitchers continues to produce a seller's market, with San Diego closer Heath Bell and Baltimore closer George Sherrill among those receiving plenty of interest as Friday's 4 p.m. EDT non-waivers trade deadline approaches.

The Orioles continue to field offers on Sherrill, with "seven or eight" clubs involved, according to CBSSports.com sources. Both Los Angeles teams, the Dodgers and Angels, are among those involved. The Chicago Cubs, looking to add a lefty reliever and already having spoken with Pittsburgh about John Grabow and with Washington about Joe Beimel, also are believed to be involved.

The Orioles control the 32-year-old Sherrill for two more seasons (he's making $2.75 million this year) and, as such, feel no urgency to move him.

As of early Thursday afternoon, Baltimore was still talking with clubs and had nothing imminent in place. The Orioles, quite simply, are looking for young talent in return. They've already broken in rookie catcher Matt Wieters this year and highly touted right-hander Chris Tillman made his big-league debut Wednesday night against Kansas City.

If they do deal with the Dodgers, they likely would demand one of two young infielders -- Josh Bell or Blake DeWitt -- and, in dealings with the Angels, young infielders Brandon Wood and Sean Rodriguez surely will be discussed.

As for Bell, the Padres so far have not been able to swing a deal with the Florida Marlins, with whom they were engaged in discussions deep into Wednesday night. Reportedly, the Marlins have rebuffed San Diego's request for one of two young starters, either Andrew Miller or Sean West. Both are power arms who fit into Florida's future plans.

While the Padres still could become re-engaged with the Marlins, close to a dozen other clubs have been speaking with Padres about Bell.

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