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