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MLB Winter Meetings Rumors: Phillies The "Favorite" For George Sherrill

The two clear items on the Phillies shopping list this winter, a righty bat for the outfield and a lefty arm for the pen. The latter could come in the form of former Dodger George Sherrill. The Baltimore Sun is reporting that the Phillies are the "favorite" to sign the lefty with the Baltimore Orioles also in the running.

most in the industry believe that he will sign with the Philadelphia Phillies, who are very much interested in the big lefty. Sherrill was signed out of the independent league by Charley Kerfeld, a special assistant to Phillies' GM Ruben Amaro Jr. Kerfeld and Sherrill remain friends. The Phillies also need left-handed bullpen help, and obviously give Sherrill the best opportunity to get back to the playoffs.

Sherrill had a back injury last season, which almost certainly contributed to him having his worst season as a pro. He pitched to a 6.69 ERA, which is almost twice his career average. ESPN summed Sherrill up nicely saying "he's left-handed, under 40 and has a track record of success. He won't be out of work long."

Sherrill was an all star in 2008 when he was the closer for the Orioles.