Tom Gorzelanny Traded From Cubs To Nationals In Roster Crunch

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Tom Gorzelanny Trade Includes Michael Burgess, Two Other Prospects

Earlier on Monday, the Cubs and Nationals swung a Tom Gorzelanny trade that sent the young lefty to Washington in exchange for three young players. Courtesy of William Ladson, we now have their names.

The first is 22-year-old Michael Burgess. Burgess was the 49th overall pick in the 2007 draft, and is a left-handed outfielder that spent much of last season with A-ball Potomac. He has a fair amount of power and defensive tools to build on, but his batting approach needs work and he isn't a top prospect. Between two levels in 2010, he batted .265 with an .822 OPS.

Next is A.J. Morris. Morris is a 24-year-old righty pitcher who was a fourth-round pick in 2009. He also spent much of 2010 with Potomac, posting a 3.88 ERA over 72 innings between the rotation and the bullpen. He works off of a low-90s fastball and a developing changeup, and he was the collegiate arm to finish second behind Stephen Strasburg for the 2009 Golden Spikes Award (given to the nation's best college player).

Finally, there's Graham Hicks. Hicks is a soon-to-be 21-year-old lefty who was selected in the fourth round of the 2008 draft. Hicks doesn't have an overpowering fastball, but he does possess a useful slider and changeup, and he showed some promise last season with A-ball Hagerstown. He, like Burgess and Morris, is a long ways away.

The Nationals didn't cough up any blue chip prospects, but were able to land some rotation depth in Gorzelanny who could help out for a number of years. From the Cubs' perspective, Gorzelanny was on the outside looking in anyway, so they took what they could get for an arm without a job.

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Tom Gorzelanny Traded From Cubs To Nationals In Roster Crunch

Less than two weeks ago, the Chicago Cubs bolstered their starting rotation by pulling off a Matt Garza trade. However, that deal left them with something of a starter surplus, so on Monday, to clear some space, the Cubs have traded Tom Gorzelanny to the Washington Nationals.

The Nationals have been searching for rotation upgrades all offseason, so for them, Gorzelanny is a cheap, handy acquisition. And for the Cubs, moving Gorzelanny makes the rotation picture a little easier to sort out, as the team already had Garza, Ryan Dempster, Carlos Zambrano, Andrew Cashner, Carlos Silva, Randy Wells, and James Russell as candidates. The Cubs will receive three prospects from the Nationals in the deal - two pitchers and an outfielder. Their identities are as yet unknown, but it's expected that at least one of them will be a pretty talented young player.

Gorzelanny is a 28-year-old lefty who works primarily off of a standard fastball/slider/changeup pitch mix. He owns a career 4.68 ERA and will struggle with pitch location, but he's improved his ability to miss bats and has blossomed into a fine middle-of-the-rotation starter. He's under team control for another three seasons to boot, and while he's not going to pitch like an ace, decent innings are decent innings, and the Nationals have gotten a little bit better.

For more on the deal, check out Federal Baseball and Bleed Cubbie Blue.

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