5:34 pm December 8, 2010, by David O'Brien
December 8th, 20105:40 pm
DOB, was Sherrill’s closing experience something that made him more attractive than other lefties on the market?
Thanks Frank Wren.
***But in 2010, he pitched just 36-1/3 innings in 65 innings.
I assume you meant 65 appearances.
December 8th, 20105:41 pm
or maybe not now that I think about it, that’s just pitching to a bunch of lefties, or maybe not getting anyone out
Coach (2011 and Fredi G. a GO!)
December 8th, 20105:42 pm
He’s a one out lefty killer and that’s how the Braves will utilize his abilities. So ignore the bloated 6.69 ERA.
December 8th, 20105:43 pm
man, having george sherrill as your 3rd lefty option, let alone your LOOGY in the pen, is really nice
December 8th, 20105:45 pm
And I should add, right hander’s hit .427 off him while lefties hit .192 last year. Like I said before, lefty killer….one out specialist.
December 8th, 20105:47 pm
Metro Atlanta eateries beware of big George’s legendary appetite! Reminds one of Terry Forster.
December 8th, 20105:52 pm
What’s going on with Peter Moylan? Anybody know?
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December 8th, 20105:53 pm
Darn not what the fans expected……….
December 8th, 20105:54 pm
His job is to get Utley and Howard out. Then go sit in the dugout before devouring the post game spread.
December 8th, 20105:55 pm
Solid pick up. With Venters maybe getting closing time. A guy that is shut down against lefties just adds to a already great bullpen.
December 8th, 20105:56 pm
I don’t know…that’s over a million bucks for a one guy situational lefty? Plus who is to say he’s going to “rebound” from his season with the Dodgers…I watched him pitch a few times and he didn’t look good at all.
Oxford Braves fan
December 8th, 20106:01 pm
Most folks don’t make 1.2 mil for a lifetime of work, and this guy gets it, but can’t be trusted for a whole inning? I’ll still be watching on tv.
December 8th, 20106:07 pm
The Braves just love to waste money.
Come on Braves…quit playing “Bobby Ball”! The days of righty-righty, lefty-lefty ended when Claude Ramond’ retired. Why not hire an effective reliever that can just throw strikes. Just sayin’……….
December 8th, 20106:08 pm
Good luck to Matt Diaz in Pittsburgh!
December 8th, 20106:10 pm
Oxford…this is not a Socialist nation. At least not yet.
December 8th, 20106:11 pm
Terrible. you’re paying a guy $1.2M, his strong point is that he’s good against lefties, which translated into 10 walks in 20 IP.
Daren in Utah
Ted Turner: “His job is to get Utley and Howard out. ”
You beat me to it! If Sherrill can accomplish this, he’ll have earned his salary and the Braves win the East.
December 8th, 20106:12 pm
There is a risk of course but his numbers against lefties make him a risk worth taking. We do have Venters and O’Flairity so all he is really is a lefty specialist.
So the BP as it is now:
Venters CP/ Setup
Kimbrell CP/ set-up
Linebrink Set-up/7th inning
O’Flairity Lefty specialist/ 6th-7th inning
Moylan Righty specialist/ 6th-7th inning
Sherrill Lefty Specialist
Beechy Long Relief/ 5th starter
Minor Long Relief/ 5th starter
[...] Braves to add Sherrill as third lefty reliever [...]
December 8th, 20106:13 pm
This is yet another bargain basement pickup the Braves are willing to gamble small dollars on. Most teams would look at the overall numbers and think this guy is done, but the Braves see a ray of hope. To give credit where credit is due, they’ve been right often enough to trust ‘em on this.
December 8th, 20106:15 pm
Oh, whoopty doo.
December 8th, 20106:16 pm
Go Frankie! I like his aggressiveness to better our chances. I hated to see Matt Diaz and Omar go, but I like what we got in return. You have no idea how contrasting Wren’s style is compared to ’70’s & ’80’s when all we could do is “HOPE for next year”, again, and again, and again…
Rockytop, you may be right; however, I wish the Braves would address the root problem rather than continue to try a treat the symptoms. Of course with TV money, it’s easy to waste a few million here and there.
Looks like a useful pickup to me. If he sees 10 righthanders all season I’d be surprised.
December 8th, 20106:18 pm
Right on, Rockytop.
December 8th, 20106:20 pm
Donnie- you are mistaking the braves with the US government system
December 8th, 20106:21 pm
I think they are paying him more not to play in Philly. Heyward, McCann, Freeman all lefties. He may have been another JC Romero for the Phils if they got him.
December 8th, 20106:31 pm
Kids this is a great signing. If he comes in and strikes out Howard and Utley in key games he is worth the dough.
very true White Mike.
December 8th, 20106:33 pm
There’s still a lot of managers that try to match up based on lefty or righty. And LHP sure killed our lineup last year.
December 8th, 20106:34 pm
nice cheap pickup, i feel like he was misused in LA
I like the deal. But what are we going to do in the pen next year. Tim Collins and Mike Dunn would be great for the long haul.
December 8th, 20106:35 pm
and a situational lefty is very important…..like javier lopez for the giants in the playoffs
December 8th, 20106:38 pm
naysayers beware…shocking stats ahead…
sherrill’s career line against lhb: .167ba .235obp .500ops
b. wag’s career line against lhb: .189ba .262 obp .519ops
dirk, i think worrying about the braves pitching in 2012 is…well, ridiculous. here are about 14 reasons:
1. kimbrel 2. venters 3. o’flaherty 4. lowe 5. hudson 5. jurrjens 6. hanson 7. minor 8. beachy 9. medlen 10. moylan 11. teheran 12. delgado 13. vizcaino 14. marek
December 8th, 20106:40 pm
Nice addition! He should rebound in Atlanta as he will be used in the right situations, unlike in LA.
Another veteran to help mentor our young studs Venters and Kimbrell. Spot on Wren!
how about spend some money on th OUT FIELD jaysus
December 8th, 20106:43 pm
We know where you are Mr.Anderson. You can’t hide inside the ajc matrix.
Well, we will have all of KK and McLouth’s salaries off the books. Plus, we still should have Kimbrel, Venters, EOF and Marek, who should break into the ‘pen this year, as well as Martinez. Especially if Medlen goes back to the ‘pen, that’s a very good core to start from. We’ll see how Collins develops, but he was pretty much sacrificed for not much. Infante and Dunn for Uggla is still a bargain, though.
December 8th, 20106:50 pm
Any ideas on who the Braves are looking at for the left field position?
December 8th, 20106:52 pm
Dawg in TN
December 8th, 20106:53 pm
Dump KK to the highest bidder!!
December 8th, 20107:01 pm
George Sherrill can bring it. This is awesome but not as awesome as Billy Wagner deciding to unretire and come back for 2011.
Sherrill is a legit reliever, we already know how good Kimbrel and Venters are but having to say goodbye to Wags is still tough.
I wish he would come back one more year. Pretty please?
Riding the Pines
December 8th, 20107:04 pm
We need a situational speedster. Someone with some jets. Willie Wilson type.
December 8th, 20107:06 pm
“Any ideas on who the Braves are looking at for the left field position?”
Carl Crawford. Not sure who’s going to catch or play RF though.
December 8th, 20107:09 pm
Riding the Pines, that is what Matt Young hopefully provide the Braves next year. His engine is always running full bore. Hustles and plays harder than anyone else on the field, consistantly.
December 8th, 20107:10 pm
Good signing. It’s nice that the Braves can afford to pay $1.2M for a guy who will have twice as many appearances as he has innings pitched. Well done Frank Wren. Now just find that utility guy that can play short and let’s call it a winter.
And good for Sherrill, realizing his niche in baseball no longer includes facing right-handed hitters. Most guys in his situation would probably have held out waiting for a team to make an offer for him at a full-inning 7th/8th guy. Good for him.
December 8th, 20107:15 pm
that’s right, i forgot about Prado’s switch to left field. Anybody think Wren will make another move for a bat?
December 8th, 20107:17 pm
You would think most guys would get the picture after righties lit him up the way they did last year. But, you’re right, in the face of overwhelming evidence, a lot of players don’t. I just hope Fredi realizes he’s a LOOGY too.
LORENZO CAIN !
December 8th, 20107:18 pm
DOB, what is Wren’s take on the long relief role??? Will he take the guy that loses out on the 5th spot between Minor and Beechy???? Or will C. Martinez compete for the role????
Any chance of a veteran 5th starter type, or is that the projection as it stands????
December 8th, 20107:19 pm
Wow…in a bad way! I watched this guy stink it up with the Doyers last season. He was part of the reason I made money fading Los Doyers!!!!! Not a good signing in my opinion. Bob Wickman part Deux…from the left side. You heard it from me….no good go home.
December 8th, 20107:20 pm
Not for a significant bat. We’re looking for a back-up middle IF and a 4th OF who can play CF, and we may address those needs with guys who are already in the organization. I’d be pretty surprised if the Braves make a major splash the rest of the offseason.
December 8th, 20107:22 pm
I still think that we can find a serviceable LF. Then we make A-Gonz the super-utility guy (and we’re going to need one with Chipper’s track record) and keep both Prado and Uggs as starters in the infield. And I really believe that McClouth is going to surprise us. He won’t have a monster year, but he is going to make a comeback. And so is Shafer. (Of course, I also believe that I’m going to win the lottery.)
December 8th, 20107:25 pm
Ok but im sorry Hicks,Diory and conrad are not gonna cut it for the bench. We need Cain and really another backup If guy.
December 8th, 20107:26 pm
After what happened in the postseason why is conrad even still on the team?
fredi da man
December 8th, 20107:28 pm
Man, there are alot of knuckleheaded comments on this post… yea Carl Crawford and we still need a catcher and RF….please take your meds before commenting….
December 8th, 20107:29 pm
The ‘pen should be set at this point. I expect Kimbrel, Venters, Linebrink, EOF, Moylan, Proctor and Sherrill to make the ‘pen out of ST. Martinez and Marek will be in the minors in case someone gets injured, struggles, etc. Whoever loses out on the 5th starter spot will probably be in AAA so he can be stretched out in case one of the starters go down. From the group that will likely make the ‘pen, I would guess Proctor will be the long reliever/last guy out of the ‘pen.
December 8th, 20107:30 pm
December 8th, 2010
After what happened in the postseason why is conrad even still on the team?”
Well, Mr. Short Attention Span, without Conrad we don’t make the playoffs. We got in by one game. How many games did Conrad win with his bat during the season?
i know we are talking about sherrill here , which i think is a good pick up for the braves for the price. he was making over 4 mil right? changing the subject for a second, has anyone head anything else about Baltimore’s talks with the Braves about KK? head that talks between the two teams were getting more serious now!!
December 8th, 20107:31 pm
I saw Trade Proctor for Martinez and then pen is then done.
fredi da man,
I believe that was sarcasm in response to 912 Dawg’s question about who’s in left.
December 8th, 20107:33 pm
@wjones no player plays as bad as conrad did and still get paychecks at the end of the day. I dont care if he hit 50 HRs and 100rbi during the season.
December 8th, 20107:34 pm
fredi da man,
that was sarcasm… I was laying it on pretty thick. The dude asked who our left fielder is going to be.
Ever seen Adam Dunn play defense? Or Ryan Klesko? Hell, especially when he first came up, watching Klesko play LF was like watching a circus act.
December 8th, 20107:36 pm
Mattatrab….Conrad was a third string defensive guy who may have had no business starting in the playoffs but injuries forced it. Conrads bat off the bench certainly helped us win quite a few ballgames last year.
December 8th, 20107:37 pm
“After what happened in the postseason why is conrad even still on the team?”
You did watch the regular season, right? The Braves wouldnt have made it to the postseason if it weren’t for Conrad. The guy never should’ve been playing defense. He’s a good pinch hitter that will be owed very little money next year. That’s why he’s on the team. “What happened in the postseason” has more to do with bad managing than anything else.
Solid pickup, way too much money though. I feel like the Braves are overspending on back of the ‘pen relievers between Linebrink, Proctor and Sherrill.
December 8th, 20107:38 pm
I dont care if you are on the bench or starting at the very least every guy on the Major league team should be able to field balls and if not you need to be in the minors and replaced by someone who can play Major league level Defense.
December 8th, 20107:39 pm
thank you mr.wren ,now for that c.f that’s bat’s leadoff
December 8th, 20107:40 pm
I love that over hand curveball from Sherrill. It reminds me of a wiffleball game where you got a hitter that’s really aggressive and you have a great command of your curve and it just gets the hitter to bite at it before it reaches the strike zone.
December 8th, 20107:41 pm
Mattatrab, get over it already. He’s a good bench player and will in all likelihood be around next year.
December 8th, 20107:44 pm
By the way Ryan Kleskos problem was trying to make diving catches that he could never get to in a effort to make sports center. He cost the braves more games than he won for them
December 8th, 20107:49 pm
Y’all really ought to lay off Conrad; he didn’t make Bobby keep running him out there when he had the “yips.” He’s a hell of a good pinch hitter, and those don’t grow on trees at his salary.
Like the Sherrill signing. Now, if Schafer can just have a decent spring so we’re not subjected to McLouth all year, we should have a pretty good team.
December 8th, 20107:54 pm
Overpaying for the back end of the rotation? You do realize all three of those guys combined make less than Saito did last year, right? And that Kimbrel and Venters make a teenie, tiny fraction of what we paid Wagner?
December 8th, 20107:55 pm
Who else was Bobby supposed to send out there? I’m pretty sure he went with the guy he trusted over little-used Diory, who hasn’t exactly torn the cover off the ball in the major league ABs he’s had.
Not saying Conrad should’ve been out there, but, with Chipper and Prado hurt, we really didn’t have good options. Or are you guys among those who think we should’ve had Infante at 2B and let Glaus make those errors at 3B?
December 8th, 20107:59 pm
Bullpen, not rotation; excuse me.
December 8th, 20108:05 pm
Not for a key at bat, GT Alum, but when a guy’s in THAT bad of a funk you absolutely send Diory out there defensively to start the 9th. Bobby ran Brooks out there symbolically after key at bats and that was awful sweet, but terrible strategy. Brooks knew it as well as anyone, and his body language and play suggested he’d much rather have been back in the dugout where he belonged until he could get his confidence back. I don’t see Freddie making those mistakes.
December 8th, 20108:06 pm
Im still waiting on a move for an outfielder particularly Lorenzo Cain.
December 8th, 20108:11 pm
Another waste of money…we didn’t need a guy who can only get out lefties…especially for over a million dollars.
December 8th, 20108:15 pm
do you not relize that any vet in the major leagues is making over a million i think it is one helluva deal if it works out
December 8th, 20108:17 pm
Ahh, so you’re specifically referencing the error in game 3. Yeah, that would’ve been a good time for a defensive substitution. Sorry, I’ve even said that Bobby just wasn’t a terribly good in-game manager, but I just get tired of the folks whose philosophy seems to be blame Bobby any time something goes badly for the Braves. I thought you were one of those. Or one of the folks who kept saying, but Glaus was a gold glove 3B.
December 8th, 20108:19 pm
Wow, who wouldn’t be impressed.
December 8th, 20108:20 pm
A million dollars for a specialist is not a waste of money. Get a grip. Wren is actually putting together a complete team.
December 8th, 20108:23 pm
That is worth a crap and i think he is this could be and i think is one heck of a deal
December 8th, 20108:35 pm
Folks .. can you not get sarcasm. I am fairly certain Dirk was being sarcastic. While it could be said from his first sentence you weren’t sure .. his last sentence about Collins and Dunn are a dead give away to me. Either that or he knows precious little about baseball.
December 8th, 20108:39 pm
Not at all; Bobby was a fine manager in many respects and a great guy by any measure. But there were some tactical decisions that made me want to eat my remote. That said, even he was smart enough not to stick Glaus at 3rd more than in an absolute emergency. That guy’s knees were completely shot.
Chief Nock A Homa
December 8th, 20108:43 pm
Great pickup or specific lefty situations….
Johny Damon open to Atlanta… Wonder if his price could be right for that outfield spot??? That would be a huge pickup….
December 8th, 20108:48 pm
This is a very good move. It’s a small amount of money for a guy who, at worst, will be a solid situational guy in the pen.
December 8th, 20108:54 pm
You get what you pay for Mr Wren…your cheap players really turns the fans on!
tyler nj brave
December 8th, 20108:58 pm
sure glad mattatrab stopped commenting…there’s about 30 other teams that would love Conrad’s bat off the bench…he got thrown into starting in the playoffs due to injuries…the guy is clutch though
Name a more clutch pinch hitter last year..that’s what i thought
Any way you can block him from commenting DOB?
December 8th, 20109:05 pm
Since when is 1/80th of our salary being spent on a lefty specialist really a bad thing?
December 8th, 20109:20 pm
some of yall people kill me what the f would yall be happy with please tell me pleae
December 8th, 20109:21 pm
Chief Nock A Homa
johnny damon open to atl where did you here that from
December 8th, 20109:23 pm
In fainess to Bobby Cox you expect a major league infielder to at least field .500 on routine ground balls. Hey, I expect better than that in little league. And yes, wouldn’t mind having Conrad back on the bench.
im so freakin sick and tired of people bitchin our team is better
December 8th, 20109:27 pm
seriously some of you what do yall want crawford, lee, soriano back, and hall, and who else because the damn money isnt there. wren is doing the best that he can with the money he has be happy and quit bitchin
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