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Dodgers likely to non-tender reliever George Sherrill

Nov 25, 2010, 5:24 PM EDT

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Southpaw reliever George Sherrill held left-handed hitters to a .192/.286/.288 batting line in 2010, but an overexposure to righties left him with a 6.69 overall ERA and 1.93 overall WHIP in 65 total relief appearances.

It should come as no surprise, then, that the Los Angeles Times is reporting that the Dodgers are unlikely to offer salary arbitration to Sherrill.  He earned a hefty $4.5 million salary this year and would gain a slight raise through the arbitration process.

The Dodgers are wise to want to avoid that cost.

Sherill will hit the open market as a 33-year-old with closing experience and a solid 3.76 ERA and 1.33 WHIP.  If used correctly — only against left-handers, in other words — he could be a useful piece to a lot of big league bullpens.

  1. pbannard - Nov 25, 2010 at 10:48 PM

    I just want to note that as ineffective as Sherrill was last year against righties, he had been used as a closer – i.e. not a lefty specialist – the previous two years, and righties had a .696 OPS against him in 196 PA in 2009. That’s far worse than his number against lefties (a stunning .342 in 86 PA), but it’s still good. Joe Torre has had his problems managing relievers in the past, but one can hardly blame him for employing Sherrill against righties – at least at the start of the season – given his history the previous two years. You are right that it seems he now should be used primarily as a LOOGY, but that’s not the way he was viewed by anyone coming into the past season.

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