All-Star closer George Sherrill has agreed to a $2.75 million contract with the Baltimore Orioles, avoiding arbitration, SI.com has learned.
Sherrill had requested $3.4 million in arbitration while the Orioles submitted a figure of $2.2 million. Thus, the agreed upon figure is slightly below the $2.8 million midpoint.
Sherrill, 31, finished seventh in the American League last year with 31 saves, and set career highs with 53 1/3 innings pitched and 58 strikeouts. His season highlight came in his first All-Star Game, when he pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings to help the AL secure a 15-inning victory at Yankee Stadium.