Source: Nats acquire Gorzelanny

BY foxsports • January 17, 2010

The Chicago Cubs have agreed to trade left-hander Tom Gorzelanny to the Washington Nationals for a prospect package that includes outfielder Michael Burgess, a major-league source said Monday.

The deal will not be official until after Gorzelanny completes a physical in Washington, a source said. No issues are expected, and the trade likely will be completed Tuesday.

Gorzelanny became expendable after the Cubs acquired Matt Garza from the Tampa Bay Rays. He has worked as a starter and reliever during the past two seasons but should be assured of a spot in the Washington rotation. Gorzelanny went 7-9 with a 4.09 ERA in 29 games (23 starts) for the Cubs last year.

Burgess batted .265 with 18 home runs and 85 RBIs between Class A and Class AA last season. The 22-year-old is a left-handed batter who has spent virtually his entire minor-league career in right field.

One scout familiar with Burgess described him as having a strong build, above-average arm strength and good raw skills. He struck out 116 times in 122 games last year.

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