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Braves “closing in on a deal” with reliever George Sherrill

Dec 8, 2010, 3:47 PM EDT

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Lefty reliever George Sherrill is “closing in on a deal” with the Braves, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com.

With a 6.69 ERA this season Sherrill earned his non-tender from the Dodgers, but he was an All-Star in 2008, had a 1.70 ERA in 2009, and still looks plenty capable of being a good left-handed specialist in 2011.

Right-handed batters crushed Sherrill this year, but he held lefties to .192/.286/.288. And that’s actually worse than his ridiculously great career mark of .167/.235/.265 versus lefties.

As long as the Braves keep his matchups against righties to a minimum, Sherrill should be a nice low-cost pickup.

UPDATE: Sherrill’s deal is for $1.2 million, with another $200,000 in possible incentives.

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