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Brewers sign Tom Gorzelanny for two years, $6 million

Dec 20, 2012, 10:53 AM EDT

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Tom Gorzelanny has signed a two-year, $6 million deal with the Brewers pending a physical exam, according to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Gorzelanny, who was non-tendered by the Nationals three weeks ago, isn’t expected in town to take the physical exam until tomorrow, so Haudricourt reports that the deal may not be officially announced for a bit.

It’s unclear which role Gorzelanny will fill in Milwaukee after spending this year in Washington’s bullpen, where he had good success with a 2.88 ERA and 62/30 K/BB ratio in 72 innings. However, the Brewers could also use rotation help and the 29-year-old left-hander has a 4.61 ERA in 111 career starts.

His control is spotty and his fastball tops out in the low-90s, but Gorzelanny has 8.3 strikeouts per nine innings in 46 starts dating back to 2009 and isn’t totally helpless against right-handed hitters. No word yet on the money, but he’s a solid fourth or fifth starter if the Brewers choose to put him in the rotation.

UPDATE: Haudricourt says the Brewers plan to use Gorzelanny as a reliever.

  1. mnjoemama - Dec 20, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Sewers!

  2. dcfan4life - Dec 20, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    This is only a good signing if he is used right. The Nationals played to his strengths once they put him in the bullpen and he did well. If he is used wrong, he will be the mediocre pitcher he was before.

  3. professormaddog31 - Dec 20, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    This is encouraging.

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