Braves complete deal with Sherrill

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, Last Updated: 2:14 PM ET

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves finalized their one-year contract with left-handed reliever George Sherrill on Friday.

The deal, said to be worth $1.2 million plus incentives, was agreed upon Wednesday and was made complete after Sherrill passed the required physical.

Sherrill served as Baltimore's closer from 2008-09 and could be in the mix for the same role in Atlanta, which is looking to fill the void of the recently-retired Billy Wagner.

"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," said Braves general manager Frank Wren.

The 33-year-old Sherrill is coming off a disappointing 2010 campaign with the Los Angeles Dodgers that saw him go 2-2 with a 6.69 earned run average. He had pitched to a 0.65 ERA in 30 games in 2009 for the Dodgers after being traded by Baltimore.

In 389 career relief appearances with Seattle, Baltimore and LA, Sherrill is 16-16 with a 3.76 ERA with 56 saves.


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