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Veteran set-up man George Sherrill put on a brilliant performance in 2009 for the Dodgers, providing a much-needed lift out of the bullpen help the team reach the National League Championship Series.
The situational left-hander was another big named acquired at the trade deadline in the final hours by General Manager Ned Colletti. Like several of Colletti's moves, Sherrill was impressive early, but shouldn't factor in to Los Angeles' plans long term.
Sherrill struggled early in 2010, reportedly due in large part to a mechanical flaw in his delivery. To date, Sherrill still has more walks than strikeouts recorded (21/19). His 1-2 record and 6.21 ERA has helped the Dodgers bullpen rank second-worst in the National League since the All-Star break.
Not only has the burly lefty struggled this season, but his high contract value makes him easily expendable at the end of the season. Sherrill is making $4.5 million this season with the one year contract he signed on January 19 to avoid arbitration.
The Dodgers waived him once, but no team even came in for a closer look, so Los Angeles retained him in an attempt to maximize use of their investment.
At the end of the season, expect Sherrill to be a free agent, possibly moving back to the American League for a much lower salary. George may have something left in the tank, but the Dodgers won't have the allowance to risk it in 2011.