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Tom Gorzelanny was non-tendered 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. [UPDATE AT 2:30 P.M. -- Gorzelanny's deal will total roughly $6 million, according to FoxSports.com.]
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.