MLB notebook: Ex-Pirate Gorzelanny signs with Brewers
The Brewers signed left-handed reliever Tom Gorzelanny to a two-year contract Friday.
The 30-year-old Gorzelanny went 4-2 with a 2.88 ERA and one save in 45 games with Washington last season, a stint that included one start. He posted a 1.33 ERA in 27 innings out of the bullpen following the All-Star break.
Gorzelanny worked at least two innings in 19 of his 44 relief appearances last season, his first as a full-time reliever.
Overall, Gorzelanny is 44-45 with a 4.41 ERA and two saves in 193 games (111 starts) during eight seasons with the Pirates, Cubs and Nationals.
Terms were not released by the team.
Pierzynski deal a go for Texas
Free-agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski passed a physical, clearing the way for a one-year deal with the Rangers.
A person familiar with the deal said Pierzynski had a physical Friday, and everything was OK. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the Rangers had not added Pierzynski to their 40-man roster.
With the Major League Baseball office closed for Christmas, the roster move won't be made until at least next week. The Rangers don't have an open spot on their 40-man roster after claiming left-handed reliever Jeff Beliveau on waivers from the Cubs earlier in the day.
The deal for Pierzynski comes after the Rangers lost catcher Mike Napoli in free agency.
Pierzynski, who turns 36 later this month, hit .278 with a career-high 27 homers and 77 RBI, matching a career best, in 135 games for the Chicago White Sox last season.
Mariners take chance on Bonderman
The Mariners signed pitcher Jeremy Bonderman to a minor league contract, hoping the right-hander can make a comeback from Tommy John surgery.
The Mariners also invited the 30-year-old, who was raised in the state of Washington, to spring training.
Bonderman has not pitched in the majors since 2010, when he went 8-10 with a 5.53 ERA for Detroit. He pitched eight seasons for the Tigers and helped them reach the World Series in 2006, when he was 14-8 and led the AL with 34 starts.
Bonderman had surgery on his right elbow last April. A blood clot in his right shoulder slowed his career in 2008 after he had a winning record in three straight years.
Cubs get Schierholtz
The Cubs said they agreed to a one-year contract with outfielder Nate Schierholtz.
The team announced the agreement Friday. The deal calls for Schierholtz to earn $2.25 million plus an additional $500,000 in performance bonuses.
Schierholtz was traded from San Francisco to Philadelphia last season in the deal that sent Hunter Pence to the Giants at the July 31 non-waiver deadline. He batted .257 with six homers in 114 games.
Braves minor-leaguer suspended
A minor league pitcher in the Atlanta Braves' organization was suspended 50 games following a second violation for drug abuse.
Triple-A reliever Billy Bullock was penalized by the commissioner's office.
The 24-year-old right-hander is 11-11 with 50 saves and a 4.33 ERA in four minor league seasons. Bullock split the last two years between Triple-A and Double-A and has averaged more than a strikeout per inning during his career.
Twins sign oft-injured Harden
The Twins signed right-hander Rich Harden to a minor-league contract with an invitation to compete for a spot on the staff in spring training.
The 31-year-old Harden sat out the 2012 season after surgery on Jan. 31 to repair the rotator cuff in his throwing shoulder, his latest setback in a long line of arm problems. Harden has the third-best strikeouts-per-nine-innings ratio in the majors since his debut with Oakland in 2003.
Harden has been hit by a number of injuries, but the shoulder has given him the most trouble.