Seattle signed one of it’s former players last week when it rescued George Sherrill from free agency. Well, maybe rescued isn’t quite the right word…
But for serious, Sherrill could be a very useful piece in the pen at a cheap price ($1.1M + some incentives). In 36 innings last year with the Braves, he posted a 3.00 ERA with a 3.08 FIP to back it up (read: not a fluke). Sherrill is really good at one thing: getting lefties out. Last season he struck out nearly 40% of the lefties he faced, and while that was a bit of a spike, he has struck out over 30% of all lefties in the last three seasons.
George Sherrill is a lefty specialist in a pen that is short on southpaws. His job will consist of getting the Josh Hamiltons of the world out when needed.
Nothing wrong with this addition.