The Orioles avoided salary arbitration with George Sherrill, signing the All-Star reliever last night to a $2.75million deal for the 2009 season. Sherrill, who saved 31 games last season, tripled his salary from 2008. Sherrill had asked for $3.4million, and the Orioles had offered $2.2million. "We leave on Sunday [for spring training]. It's good to be able to fly down and have it behind us," Sherrill said. The arbitration hearing had been scheduled for Feb.19. The signing means the Orioles won't have any hearings again this season.Orioles sign Sherrill to one-year, $2.75M deal -- baltimoresun.com That's pretty much right in the middle of where the two sides were.