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Originally published December 17, 2011 at 7:25 PM | Page modified December 17, 2011 at 7:37 PM

Sherrill set to become a Mariner once again

Onetime Mariners reliever George Sherrill is on the verge of reuniting with the club nearly four years after going to Baltimore in the Erik Bedard trade.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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Onetime Mariners reliever George Sherrill is on the verge of reuniting with the club nearly four years after going to Baltimore in the Erik Bedard trade.

The Mariners and Sherrill, who turns 35 in April, were said by a source to have reached an agreement in principle on a one-year, incentive-laden deal late Friday night. The deal was to have been finalized once Sherrill completes a physical and should be announced early this week.

Reports on Saturday said the deal was for $1.1 million guaranteed, but Sherrill had yet to leave for Seattle for his physical and final details of the contract were still being settled. The Mariners have said they are in need of a left-hander in the bullpen, something they've lacked in recent years in anything but a long-relief role.

Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik also said at the baseball winter meetings in Dallas that he was seeking a veteran arm who could help a relief corps comprised mainly of younger players.

Sherrill appeared in 51 games for the Braves last season, compiling an earned-run average of 3.00 while striking out 38 batters and walking 12. He pitched four seasons with the Mariners before being sent to the Orioles along with outfielder Adam Jones and three minor-leaguers in the Bedard trade.

Geoff Baker: 206-464-8286 or gbaker@seattletimes.com.

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