- Associated Press - Friday, December 10, 2010

ATLANTA (AP) - Left-hander George Sherrill, who saved 51 games in two seasons with Baltimore before struggling last season with the Dodgers, has finalized a $1.2 million, one-year contract with the Atlanta Braves.

Sherrill’s deal was announced Friday after he passed a physical in Atlanta.

The 33-year-old joins Scott Linebrink, acquired from the White Sox, as new veterans in the bullpen. Closer Billy Wagner retired and Takashi Saito was not re-signed. Jonny Venters and Eric O’Flaherty are the other left-handers in Atlanta’s bullpen.

Sherrill was 2-2 with a 6.69 ERA with the Dodgers last season. He held left-handers to a .192 batting average.

He was an All-Star with Baltimore in 2008, when he had 31 saves.

Sherill can earn an additional $200,000 in performance bonuses: $50,000 each for 60, 65, 70 and 75 games.

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