Tag:Tom Gorzelanny
Posted on: February 11, 2011 12:42 pm
 

Long list of contenders for Nats rotation

MayaThere's seemingly no end to the list of pitchers that could win a rotation spot for the Nationals.

Luis Atilano, Ross Detwiler, Tom Gorzelanny, Livan Hernandez, John Lannan, Jason Marquis, J.D. Martin, Yunesky Maya, Craig Stammen, Jordan Zimmermann... that's a lot of names for just five spots.

Of course, most of these spots are locked up. It's hard to imagine Hernandez (pictured) not winning a spot when he's the projected Opening Day starter a season after posting a 3.66 ERA in 211 2/3 innings.

"Here's the thing about baseball," pitching coach Steve McCatty told the Washington Post. "Until somebody says, 'Hey, you have it,' you better fight your butt off to keep it. I'm sure that the guys realize, 'Hey, Livo is probably going to be starting. They look at how many starts are open. 'I don't know how many spots we have, but I want to be one of them.' Competition should bring out the best of them."

Hernandez figures to be joined in the rotation by Marquis, Lannan and Zimmermann, leaving just one spot for the scrum to get. But as McCatty points out, what if Marquis shows he's not all the way back from injury? Or Zimmermann, despite his loads of talents, doesn't put it all together?

"I'm not trying to sit here and say those guys are nailed down," McCatty said of the projected front four. "Those are the guys who roll off your tongue first, but it doesn't mean it's a lock. Those final decisions will come down to [manager Jim Riggleman] and [GM Mike Rizzo]."

The leaders for the No. 5 spot are Maya and Gorzelanny. Maya defected from Cuba and spent 2010 in the farm system, making a handful of starts down the stretch, but the 29-year-old didn't impress. A star turn in the winter leagues has boosted his stock, but he will have to contend with the recently-acquired Gorzelanny, recently of the Cubs. A year younger than Maya, Gorzelanny pitches from the left side and has unquestioned stuff but has struggled to put it all together consistently. If he finally goes, it could be a major gain for the Nationals.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: January 17, 2011 3:05 pm
Edited on: January 17, 2011 4:02 pm
 

Nationals acquire Tom Gorzelanny

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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Posted on: January 12, 2011 3:13 pm
 

Cubs looking to fill rotation from within

James Russell Left-hander James Russell will compete for a spot in the Cubs' starting rotation, manager Mike Quade told the Chicago Tribune 's Paul Sullivan .

Russell was 1-1 with a 4.96 ERA in 57 appearances out of the bullpen for the Cubs as a rookie in 2010. He struck out 42 in 49 innings, while walking 11 and allowing 55 hits. He gave up 11 home runs, two for every nine innings pitched.

"I don't get too worked up early on, because, bang, all of a sudden you blink and things change," Quade said. "All of a sudden you've got two additions [in Matt Garza and Kerry Wood] who have specific roles and have earned them, and now it puts the kids and a lot of the other people in flux. The idea that you can never have enough pitching is huge. We'll see how the back end looks as it shakes out."

Garza, Carlos Zambrano and Ryan Dempster are already pencilled in for the team's rotation, with Russell, Carlos Silva, Randy Wells, Andrew Cashner, Casey Coleman, Tom Gorzelanny and Jeff Samardzija battling for the fourth and fifth spots of the rotation.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 21, 2010 11:04 am
Edited on: December 21, 2010 10:00 pm
 

Mets waiting out starting pitcher market

Young The Mets only have about $4 million to spend and the market for starting pitching is still robust enough that New York has decided to wait for prices to drop, as Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports.

Chris Young (pictured) remains high on GM Sandy Alderson's radar and the righty is among the candidates to sign in New York. The Mets will certainly end up signing one starter, but it may not be Young. Other candidates include Freddy Garcia and Jeff Francis although the Mets will also consider any other established starters looking for a deal such as Brad Penny or Jeremy Bonderman. (Bonderman, in particular, might be a nice grab as he is just 28 and could rebound for the Mets.)

However, Mike Puma of the New York Post hears from team sources that New York is more likely to go the trade route after so much frustration on the free-agent market. The top name on the trade market is Tom Gorzelanny, who figures to make less than $2 million via arbitration.

Matt Garza, the top pitcher left in the starting-pitching market , is also an option but Alderson would have to appeal to management for the funds Garza would earn as well as surrender some of his top prospects. That's highly unlikely to happen.

The Mets, as Martino writes, may be waiting for starter Brandon Webb to sign a deal and set the market for free-agent pitchers with injury concerns.

-- Evan Brunell

UPDATE: Martino tweets that the team isn't going forward with any negotiations with Garcia beyond its initial contact and is unlikely to make any moves until next month. The team has not made an offer to Young, Martino tweets .

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 17, 2010 9:18 am
Edited on: December 17, 2010 9:19 am
 

Mets looking to trade for starter

Tom Gorzelanny The Mets' search for a starting pitcher is more likely to be solved via trade than a free-agent reclamation project, Mike Puma of the New York Post writes .

Now, don't start getting dreams of Zack Greinke, Mets fans, lower your standards (surely, by now, you're used to this, aren't you?)

Anyway, Puma writes Mets general manager Sandy Alderson has already talked to the Cubs about Tom Gorzelanny (pictured). If that doesn't excite you, the team has talked, at least internally, about finding a way to shoehorn in arbitration-eligible right-hander Matt Garza, who is under team control through the 2013 season.

The team has talked to free-agent right-hander Chris Young, who is a big risk, and has apparently passed on lefty Jeff Francis, who was asking for $4 million for next season.

So rest easy, Phillies, you're still on track to have the best rotation in the division next season.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 18, 2010 5:54 pm
Edited on: September 18, 2010 6:58 pm
 

Cubs' 2011 rotation up in air

Carlos Silva The Cubs expect to enter 2011 with Carlos Zambrano and Ryan Dempster atop the rotation, but past that is anyone's guess.

Current starters Carlos Silva (pictured), Randy Wells and Tom Gorzelanny stand a good chance of locking up the final three spots but will receive competition from Jeff Samardzija, Casey Coleman, Andrew Cashner and Chris Archer, reports the Chicago Tribune .

Silva will be entering the final year of a contract that pays out $6 million from the Cubs coffers (and $5.5 million from Seattle) and pitched impressively before being sidelined with heart problems. In 21 starts, Silva has a 4.22 ERA and should have no trouble locking down a spot.

Wells followed up an impressive rookie season with a less-impressive but still solid 4.46 ERA over 30 starts as a 27-year-old. Wells has pitched better than his ERA, so should also find the going easy to retain his rotation spot.

When it comes to Gorzelanny, things are less simple. The lefty has a 3.90 ERA in 21 starts and six relief appearances, but questions remain if his future is in the rotation or bullpen.

It's possible one of the assorted candidates could overtake Gorzelanny.

Samardzija is out of options for 2011 so will need to stick on the big-league team. He split the season between starting and relieving in Triple-A and is struggling to find his footing in the majors. It's not likely Chicago will hand him a rotation spot, so look for the former Fighting Irish wide receiver to kick the season off in the bullpen.

Coleman, at 22, probably is ticketed for the Triple-A rotation. He posted a 4.07 ERA in 117 1/3 innings over 20 starts at the level in 2010 and has a 5.11 mark through 37 innings. He demonstrates zero aptitude for whiffing batters and doesn't have strong command.

Archer was the organization's minor league player of the year, splitting the year between advanced-Class A and Double-A as a starter. He totaled a 2.34 mark in 27 starts and one relief appearances, striking out 149 and walking 65 in 142 1/3 innings. The 21-year-old has electric stuff and could make a big case in spring training but it's hard to imagine the Cubs rushing him to the bigs.

That leaves Cashner, who is unsure of his future role with the Cubs. The 23-year-old earned a promotion to the majors by being near-unhittable in the minors early on. He has a 5.37 mark in the bigs over 47 relief appearances and has shown the stuff to be a top-tier setupman.

"I don't know if I'll be getting ready as a starter or a reliever," he told the Tribune . "And I don't care. Pitching is pitching, As long as I get to do a little hunting this winter, I'm happy."

The Cubs could elect to move Cashner back to the rotation and evaluate him in spring training. That's completely fine with the righty.

"I said three weeks ago I have six weeks to make the team, and that's what I'm going to do," the 2008 first-rounder said. "Showcase that I can pitch here and worry about next year during spring training ."

It's more likely you see the current starting five open 2011 still in the rotation, but the stable of young pitching on the way up means things may be changing in the next few years. Silva and Dempster's deals are done after 2011 while Zambrano follows the year after.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: September 2, 2010 6:28 pm
 

Cubs' Gorzelanny to miss start

Tom Gorzelanny
Cubs left-hander Tom Gorzelanny, who left during the third inning of his start Thursday when Pittsburgh's Jose Tabata lined a ball off his right hand, has a small fracture and will miss at least one start, says the Chicago Tribune.

A CT scan showed a small, incomplete hairline fracture beneath the nail of his pinky finger. Of more immediate concern is the swelling of his palm, which will determine when he can get back to pitching.

Carlos Silva, who has been on a rehab assignment after a heart procedure, could be ready to be called up and take Gorzelanny's next start.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: August 4, 2010 12:38 pm
 

Zambrano back in Cubs' rotation

Carlos Zambrano Well, Carlos Zambrano's exile to the Cubs' bullpen didn't last long.

Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports via Twitter that the Cubs have announced that Zambrano will start Monday in San Francisco, his first start since his June 25 blowup with teammates that got him suspended. Manager Lou Piniella said Zambrano would be banished to the bullpen when he returned, and he has pitched in relief twice since coming back.

But the Cubs are in need of two starters right now, having traded away Ted Lilly and with Carlos Silva on the disabled list for a cardiac evaluation. Chicago has Ryan Dempster going Wednesday, Tom Gorzelanny on Friday after an off day, and Randy Wells on Saturday.

Zambrano hasn't found much success as a starter this season. He's 3-5 with a 6.12 ERA with batters putting up an .844 OPS against him. But the Cubs are desperate and have an experienced starter sitting in their bullpen, so Zambrano will get his chance.

The Giants currently line up to have Madison Bumgarner starting opposite Zambrano on Monday.

-- David Andriesen

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