Brewers, Gorzelanny finalizing contract

Forty-eight days after the free agent market opened for business, the Brewers have made their first buy.

The team has agreed to terms with left-hander Tom Gorzelanny on a two-year contract pending a physical exam, a source confirmed Thursday. The club did not immediately confirm an agreement first reported by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The pact is expected to be made official on Friday afternoon.

The deal had been rumored for several days, though Brewers general manager Doug Melvin would not comment about the status of negotiations with Gorzelanny on Tuesday.

“I don’t like to comment on guys, but that’s the world we live in — people pick up on stuff,” Melvin said. “It’s like Anibal Sanchez. The news breaks that he signed [with the Cubs], then Detroit jumps in because they hear the Cubs are on him. That’s happened to two or three clubs this offseason.”

Gorzelanny, 30, is a good fit for the Brewers because they have no left-handed relievers on staff after nontendering Manny Parra last month, and because Gorzelanny fits manager Ron Roenicke’s preference for a non-specialist — in other words, a left-hander who can also face right-handed hitters. In his career, Gorzelanny has held left-handed hitters to a .237 average and right-handers to .245, though he walks right-handers at a much higher rate.

Given the Brewers’ relative uncertainty in their starting rotation, Gorzelanny could also provide insurance in that area. He has started 111 of his 193 Major League games, though he has appeared mostly in relief over the past two seasons with the Nationals. <p>


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