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Sherrill interested in Baltimore return

About 16 months after he was sent to the Los Angeles Dodgers for prospects Steve Johnson and Josh Bell before the 2009 trade deadline, reliever George Sherrill says he would be very much interested in returning to the Orioles. Sherrill was non-tendered by the Dodgers on Thursday after a season in which he had a 6.69 ERA in 65 appearances.

"I would like that a lot," Sherrill said via text message. "I don't know if we've had contact yet, but my wife and I love the city and the organization, to me, treats people with class. The people there are great and the fans there are knowledgeable and respectful unlike other places. We both had a blast there."

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The Orioles, who would like to add another left-hander to their bullpen to pair with Michael Gonzalez, are hoping to meet with Sherrill's agent, Kyle Rote Jr., during the winter meetings.

Sherrill, 33, saved 51 games for the Orioles during the 2008 and 2009 seasons after he was acquired from the Seattle Mariners in the Erik Bedard deal. He went to the Dodgers and aided their playoff push, compiling a 0.65 ERA in 30 appearances. However, he struggled mightily in the 2009 National League Championship Series against the Philadelphia Phillies, and those struggles continued into this past season.

"I had a horrendous year. I couldn't get my mechanics right no matter what I tried," Sherrill said. "I'm ready to bounce back and help somebody no matter my role."

Several teams are looking for left-handed relief, so I don't think Sherrill will have a hard time finding a job regardless of how much he struggled in 2010.

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