Braves nearing deal with Sherrill
The Braves and George Sherrill have agreed to the terms of a one-year, $1.2 million contract. The signing will not be made official until the veteran left-handed reliever undergoes a physical exam on Thursday or Friday.
While not able to confirm the agreement, Braves general manager Frank Wren was willing to explain why he was excited about the possibility of Sherrill serving as the left-handed specialist he wanted to add to his bullpen mix.
While posting a 6.69 ERA in 65 appearances with the Dodgers this year, Sherrill limited left-handed hitters to a .192 batting average (14-for-73) and .286 on-base percentage. Right-handed hitters damaged him with a .427 batting average and .516 on-base percentage.
“He’s a very effective guy against lefties,” Wren said. “We also felt like he made great strides in the second half of (the 2010 season).”
With Jonny Venters set to serve as the primary setup man and occasional closer, the Braves will use Sherrill and Eric O’Flaherty as their primary left-handed specialists in the middle innings.
“He’s got the good breaking ball,” Wren said. “He’s one of those guys that goes right after them. He knows how to get guys out.”
Sherrill earned All-Star status on the way to notching a career-high 31 saves with the Orioles in 2008 and posted a 1.70 ERA in the 72 appearance he combined to make with the Orioles and Dodgers in 2009.