Nationals Acquire Tom Gorzelanny from Cubs

According to Bruce Levine ESPN Chicago, the Nationals have acquired LHP Tom Gorzelanny from the Cubs in exchange for a package of prospects.

Levine says the Cubs “felt comfortable with their depth on the pitching staff after acquiring starter Matt Garza from the Rays”, and so they dealt Gorzelanny, who is arbitration eligible after earning $800,000 last year.

The 28 year old Gorzelanny has pitched for the Pirates and Cubs in his six year career, and he’s 36-37 with a 4.68 ERA, allowing 575 hits and 257 walks in 558 career innings. He went 7-9 with a 4.09 ERA in 136 innings over 29 appearances and 23 starts last season.

Added to by Matthew Cerrone at 2:58 pm:

From what I can gather, Gorzelanny would have cost the Mets a mid-level pitching prospect or two, as Chicago had been looking to regain some of the talent lost in the deal with Tampa Bay for Garza.

As I said the other day, having talked to people close to the team, the Mets would rather not trade young talent to get a comparable pitcher to what the can still get on the open market. Basically, they do not feel they’re in a position to give up any prospects, while also trying to compete and rebuild a new foundation for the organization.

Nevertheless, last month, Mike Puma of the New York Post said Sandy Alderson had asked the Cubs about Gorzelanny.