Southpaw reliever George Sherrill held left-handed hitters to a .192/.286/.288 batting line in 2010, but an overexposure to righties left him with a 6.69 overall ERA and 1.93 overall WHIP in 65 total relief appearances.
It should come as no surprise, then, that the Los Angeles Times is reporting that the Dodgers are unlikely to offer salary arbitration to Sherrill. He earned a hefty $4.5 million salary this year and would gain a slight raise through the arbitration process.
The Dodgers are wise to want to avoid that cost.
Sherill will hit the open market as a 33-year-old with closing experience and a solid 3.76 ERA and 1.33 WHIP. If used correctly — only against left-handers, in other words — he could be a useful piece to a lot of big league bullpens.
Back in May, Yankees starter CC Sabathia said he’d retire if the Yankees won the World Series. That still may be the plan, but he recently told MLB.com that he’s going to try to pitch in 2019, health willing:
“I’m start to start. I go out one start and feel like I can pitch five more years. I go out another start and I’m done. But if I can stay healthy — if my knee holds up — hopefully I’ll play one more.”
Sabathia is enjoying a nice late-career renaissance, having transformed himself from the dominant lefty he used to be to a crafty one over the past several seasons. Sabathia will turn 38 on Saturday, but he’s having another solid season. He has a 3.51 ERA and 1.27 WHIP over 18 starts.
Will a World Series decide whether he hangs ’em up? Will his knee? Guess we’ll know by November.