December 10, 2010 / 7:44 PM / 8 years ago

Atlanta Braves bring lefty reliever George Sherrill on board

ATLANTA (Reuters) - Left-handed reliever George Sherrill completed his physical examination and formally became the newest member of the Atlanta Braves bullpen on Friday.

Free agent Sherrill, 33, signed a one-year deal worth $1.2 million.

Sherrill, who had his two best seasons in 2008-09 before struggling to a 6.69 earned average last season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, is expected to be used as a specialist after holding left-handed batters to a .192 batting average.

“He’s a very effective guy against lefties,” Braves general manager Frank Wren said. “He’s got the good breaking ball.”

On the way to posting a 1.70 ERA in 72 combined appearances with the Baltimore Orioles, where he was used as the closer, and Dodgers in 2009, Sherrill limited left-handed hitters to a .128 batting average.

Writing by Larry Fine, Editing by Alan Baldwin

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