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Nationals acquire Tom Gorzelanny

Posted on: January 17, 2011 3:05 pm
Edited on: January 17, 2011 4:02 pm
GorzelannyThe Nationals have acquired starting pitcher Tom Gorzelanny from the Cubs for three minor-league prospects, Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington confirmed.

The prospects are currently unknown, but Zuckerman has it as two pitchers and an outfielder (which FOX Sports labels as Michael Burgess), which will help restock the farm system after gutting it in the Matt Graza trade. Gorzelanny became expendable after the Garza deal, and while the lefty could have pitched out of the bullpen for the Cubs, held more value as a starting pitcher in trade.

Now, Gorz will head to the Nationals with an excellent chance of making the rotation. He figures to join Livan Hernandez, John Lannan, Jordan Zimmermann and Ross Detwiler, but will have to fend off veteran Jason Marquis and Cuban Yunesky Maya, so there remains a chance Gorzelanny will end up in the bullpen.

The former Pirate went 7-9 with a 4.09 ERA (4.49 xFIP) in 23 starts and six relief appearances over 136 1/3 innings. He whiffed 119 but walked 68, a step back from 2009's 47 punchouts and 17 walks in 47 innings. He has one a year of success out of the rotation, tossing 201 2/3 innings for the Pirates back in 2007 with a 3.66 ERA.

Washington has been trying to add a starter all offseason, so they finally get their man and do so without committing dollars to an older free-agent pitcher. At just 27, Gorzelanny possesses upside and as someone going through the arbitration process, minimal dollars and only one year of commitment.

-- Evan Brunell

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Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2011 1:02 pm

Nationals acquire Tom Gorzelanny

I was wondering what they would do, since the Garza trade created a logjam in the rotation.  I was sort of hoping they would deal Wells, but I am sure Gorzelany had more trade value.  Depster, Zambrano, Garza, Silva, Wells, not the Phillies but certainly not bad.  Now we need some consistancy at the plate.  Loved Ramirez but he hasn't been able to stay on the field.  Soriano, and to a lesser extent, Fukudome are pretty eratic, and all I see at second base is a big hole.  Improved team but they have a ways to go.

Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: January 18, 2011 2:03 am

Nationals acquire Tom Gorzelanny

Come on, thenatural54. You want to give teams credit for keeping "busy"? How about all the trading of stars the Pirates have been doing since 1993? The Astros have been plenty busy for the last decade. The net result? A gutted franchise with an uninteresting minor league system not able to help the big club. How about the Mariners? When will their general busy-ness help? The front office there has been busy for years, for several GMs, and even netted them one of the most overpaid infields of all time in Richie Sexson and Adrian Beltre.
"Busy" sounds like "close" - and close only counts with hand grenades.

The Cubbies will have to do better than keep busy in order to compete in the NL Central. Other teams are improved, while the Cubs get older (Aramis Ramirez, Alfonso Soriano, Ryan Dempster?). The Reds and Brewers are the new competition for the Cardinals in this division. For Cubs fans, this will be another case of Wait Till Next Year.

Since: Dec 17, 2010
Posted on: January 17, 2011 11:53 pm

Nationals acquire Tom Gorzelanny

Twins didn't lose any key pieces @ GROSHO
Other than half their bullpen.
I think the A's brought in some nice peices to their puzzle.  With that staff, it could be enough to win the West.

Since: Dec 19, 2010
Posted on: January 17, 2011 11:35 pm

Nationals acquire Tom Gorzelanny

Rangers picked up Beltre, that's a solid move for a a couple of years. His road OPS with the Mariners suggests his numbers with Boston weren't a fluke. His defense is stellar. A's have good pitching, but not much in terms of hitting. Mariners should once again be horrible, Angels, I don't know. Maybe with a full year of Haren and Kendry Morales, they'll be okay. But the Rangers ran away with that division last year. And this was before they got Lee. I just don't see the A's as being up to the task of hitting with the big boys (Rangers, Red Sox, White Sox, Yankees, Twins). I think those are the teams that are going to be fighting for the 4 playoff spots in the AL.

Forgot about Marcum going to the Brewers. That's as good a top three as any team in baseball has.

Since: Oct 4, 2010
Posted on: January 17, 2011 11:11 pm

Nationals acquire Tom Gorzelanny

The A's will win the west the year before they tear apart that staff. Don't see the Rangers as having a good offseason, the Phils did. And the Brewers now have three aces, Marcum i think will out pitch Grenke.

Since: Dec 19, 2010
Posted on: January 17, 2011 10:18 pm

Nationals acquire Tom Gorzelanny

I'm not so sure about Oakland's off season. They've added an aging DH (Matsui) an aging outfielder (Willingham) and a 4th outfielder (Dejesus). Matsui and Willingham will see their power numbers decrease. DeJesus is a good ball player, but not a difference maker. Hardly a great hat trick of players. Will the A's be better than last year? Probably, but tremendous job in the off season? Hardly.

Red Sox, White Sox, Twins, Rangers all had better off seasons than the A's. Twins didn't lose any key pieces, White Sox kept Konerko and signed Dunn, Rangers improved the left side of their infield, Red Sox, well they've won the AL on paper already.

And I forgot about the Brewers, they have two aces now.

The Cubs moves have actually been pretty good. Garza is a very good pitcher. His numbers should improve with a switch to the NL. Pena is a great defender and he hit about 30 homers with a very down year. If he hits .250, you'll be looking at a guy with .400 OBP. but it's still the Cubs, so we can already count them out.

Since: Dec 17, 2010
Posted on: January 17, 2011 10:02 pm

Nationals acquire Tom Gorzelanny

I still don't see it natural,
Garza and Pena aren't the right guys in my mind, did Pena end up hitting .200 last year?  I don't think bringing in a guy like that warrants the "much improved" tag.  A fourth place finish sounds pretty accurate to me, but maybe your right, they could contend for a while and I hope so for their poor fans' sake.
If you wan't to see a team that has made the right moves in the offseason look at Oakland.  They've done a tremendous job.

Since: Dec 19, 2010
Posted on: January 17, 2011 9:12 pm

Nationals acquire Tom Gorzelanny

Tell you what, you have to give the Cubs credit for a busy off season.

So they pick up a new first baseman, get one of the more exciting young pitchers in baseball, and traded a #5 starter to replace the draft picks they gave up  for Matt Garza.

This is a much improved team, one that I think may contend this season in the NL Central.

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