Gorzelanny gets 2-year deal with Brewers

Gorzelanny gets 2-year deal with Brewers
December 20, 2012, 11:15 am
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The Brewers have come to terms with Tom Gorzelanny, signing the veteran left-hander to a two-year contract after he wasn't tendered a contract by the Nationals last month.

The deal, reported by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, is still contingent on Gorzelanny passing a physical, which is scheduled to take place Friday. Financial terms aren't yet known, but by signing him through 2014 the Brewers are buying out his first year of free agency.

Gorzelanny, 30, was an effective long reliever for the Nationals this season, going 4-2 with a 2.88 ERA in 45 appearances (one of them a late-season spot start after the Nats clinched the NL East title).

But with a $3 million salary entering his final season of arbitration, he stood to earn a raise for 2013 and the Nationals didn't believe it was worth it to spend that much money on ostensibly a mop-up man. They wound up re-signing another lefty, Zach Duke, for $1 million to hold that role.

Gorzelanny was one of three Nationals to be non-tendered on Nov. 30, joining fellow lefty John Lannan and catcher Jesus Flores. Lannan has since signed with the Phillies for $2.5 million; Flores remains unsigned.

The Brewers were desperate for left-handed relievers but also could use Gorzelanny as depth for their rotation. A starter most of his career, he was initially acquired by the Nationals in January 2011 -- in a trade with the Cubs for minor leaguers Michael Burgess, A.J. Morris and Graham Hicks -- to serve as their No. 5 starter.

Gorzelanny went 2-6 with a 4.46 ERA in 15 starts for the Nationals in 2011, then was moved to the bullpen, where he enjoyed more success.