Braves make Sherrill signing official
The Braves were able to announce Friday morning that George Sherrill is indeed the newest member of their bullpen.
Sherrill and the Braves agreed to terms of a one-year, $1.2 million contract Wednesday. The club couldn’t officially announce the deal until the 33-year-old left-handed reliever completed his physical.
After enjoying the two finest seasons of his career in 2008 and ’09, Sherrill struggled this past summer – posting a 6.69 ERA in 65 appearances with the Dodgers. Most of his struggles came courtesy of right-handed hitters, who compiled a .427 batting average and .516 on-base percentage against him.
Sherrill limited left-handed hitters to a .192 batting average (14-for-73) and .286 on-base percentage. He will likely team with Eric O’Flaherty to serve as Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez’s primary left-handed specialists.
“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).”