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12/10/2010 11:09 AM ET
Braves agree to terms with left-handed pitcher George Sherrill
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ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves announced today that they have agreed to terms with free-agent left-handed pitcher George Sherrill on a one-year contract for the 2011 season. Financial terms of the deal were not announced.

Sherrill, 33, went 2-2 with a 6.69 ERA last season with the Dodgers as he led the team with 65 appearances. He has pitched in parts of seven seasons in the major leagues, including a postseason appearance in 2009.

A 2008 All-Star, Sherrill owns the lowest opponents' batting average (.160) against left-handed batters since 2006. Over his career, he has held left-handers to a .167 average, including a .192 (14-for-73) mark last season.

"George gives us a left-handed reliever that has experience closing and his 51 saves in the American League East in 2008 and 2009 have demonstrated his effectiveness," Braves Executive Vice President and General Manager Frank Wren said. "He and Scott Linebrink add the veteran leadership we were looking for."

The Tennessee native has appeared in 389 career major-league games with the Seattle Mariners, the Baltimore Orioles and the Los Angeles Dodgers. He owns a 16-16 record and a 3.76 ERA in 287.0 innings of work. A graduate of Austin Peay State University, Sherrill was originally signed by Seattle as a non-drafted free agent in 2003 after pitching for five seasons in independent leagues.

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