According to a report from Bruce Levine, the Cubs have sent Tom Gorzelanny to the Washington Nationals for three minor league prospects … two pitchers and an outfielder.
Gorzelanny is in D.C. taking a physical and the deal is expected to be made official on Tuesday.
The Tribune confirmed the report an indicated the Cubs will receive three mid-level prospects in return for the southpaw.
Updated 2:16pm C.T. – According to Jon Paul Morosi, the outfielder in the deal is Michael Burgess, the Nationals first round pick in the 2007 draft.
Updated 3:24pm C.T. – According to multiple reports, A.J. Morris is one of the minor league pitchers acquired by the Cubs.
Updated 5:17pm C.T. – According to a report from Bruce Miles, the other pitcher in the deal is Graham Hicks, a southpaw. The Cubs had been shopping Tom Gorzelanny due to budget constraints after acquiring Matt Garza. Gorzelanny is arbitration eligible.
Updated 2:16pm C.T. – According to Jon Paul Morosi, one of the players in the deal is outfielder Michael Burgess. The 22-year old lefty was the Nationals first round pick in the 2007 draft (49th overall). Burgess spent time in High Class-A and Double-A in 2010.
Burgess combined to hit .265/.357/.465/.822 in 122 games with 26 doubles, six triples and 18 home runs. In 21 games at the Double-A level, Burgess put together a .284/.391/.649/1.039 line with five doubles and six home runs.
Updated – 3:24pm C.T. – The Nationals selected A.J. Morris in the fourth round of the 2009 draft. The 24-year old right-handed pitcher (December 1, 1986) posted a combined 5-3 record in two stops (Rookie Ball and Class High-A) with a 3.77 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP in 27 games, 16 starts, in 2010.
In the upcoming 2011 Prospects Handbook, Baseball America ranked A.J. Morris the Nats 18th best prospect and Michael Burgess came in at number 19.
Updated 5:17pm C.T. – According to Bruce Miles, the third player in the deal is lefty Graham Hicks. The Nationals selected Hicks in the fourth round of the 2008 draft. Hicks was 2-6 in 16 games, all as a starter, in two stops in A-ball last year with a 5.02 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP. Hicks turns 21 on February 9.
Gorzelanny filed for arbitration on Friday and was expected to make around the $2 million mark in 2011 … the Cubs paid the lefty $800,000 in 2010. The Cubs have three arbitration eligible players unsigned … Matt Garza, Sean Marshall and Carlos Marmol. The talk over the weekend was the Cubs are working on a multi-year deal with Marmol.
With Tom Gorzelanny on his way to the Nationals, the Cubs 40-man roster stands at 38 players.
Stay tuned … will update if any additional information is made available.