Update 3:05: Jon Morosi of Fox Sports tweeted that Outfielder Michael Burgess was one of the prospects the Nationals sent to Chicago in the team for Tom Gorzelanny. Burgess at one point was considered the Nationals best power hitting prospect, however in the past several seasons he has stalled in the low minors. A raw and athletic slugger, Burgess still has potential for any MLB team if he learns how to hit, instead of just swing.
2:50: The Washington Nationals have traded for left-handed starting pitcher Tom Gorzelanny, according to ESPN Chicago. The National have reportedly sent the Chicago Cubs three minor league prospects in return. The accepted trade is pending a physical.
Gorzelanny, 28, started 23 games for the Cubs last season, posting a 7-9 record with a 4.09 ERA. He had his second most productive season in his six year MLB career last year, by posting a 2.3 WAR. His best season came in 2007 when he went 14-10 with a 3.88 ERA in 32 starts for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Over the past two seasons Gorzelanny has improved as a pitcher, earning the two highest K/9 rates in his career. In 2009 he struck out nine batters per nine innings, and in 2010 he struck out 7.9 batters per nine innings. Prior to the 2009 season, his best mark was 6.0 strikeouts per nine innings.
Gorzelanny’s repertoire includes a low 90’s fastball, a high 70’s slider, and a low 80’s change up.
The Cubs needed to replenish their minor league system after literally trading away the farm in order to get starting pitcher Matt Garza last week. Gorzelanny will join a now crowded rotation of Livan Hernandez, Jordan Zimmermann, Ross Detwiler, John Lannan, and Jason Marquis.
There is no word yet on what prospects the Nationals gave up to add Gorzelanny to their rotation, however Bill Ladson tweeted that they have not given up any major prospects.