Could Cubs Attempt To Trade Gorzelanny?

Carlos Zambrano's move to the Cubs' bullpen likely ranks as baseball's most surprising roster decision so far this season. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports opines that the only way out of this "desperation" move for the North Siders is to pull off a trade for a setup man.

Rosenthal suggests that dealing Tom Gorzelanny could kill two birds with one stone for the Cubs: It would clear a spot in the rotation for Zambrano, and the team could potentially acquire a setup man in exchange for the left-hander, who is under club control through 2012.

Despite recording a 5.55 ERA in 47 innings in 2009, Gorzelanny had strong peripherals, including rates of 9.0 K/9 and 3.3 BB/9. The 27-year-old is off to a solid start this year, with a 2.40 ERA through three outings, and could interest some teams who don't possess the same excess of left-handed arms as Chicago. The Cubs' left-heavy bullpen, which features John Grabow, Sean Marshall, and James Russell, was one reason Gorzelanny remained in the rotation over Zambrano.

As Rosenthal notes, Gorzelanny and Carlos Silva "hardly are locks to continue their early-season success," meaning Zambrano may eventually work his way back into the rotation with or without a trade. Rosenthal also names Andrew Cashner and Jay Jackson as two minor leaguers who could contribute to the Cubs' staff this year, if the team decides not to make a deal. For now, expect the Cubs to give the Zambrano experiment some time. If it doesn't work out like they're hoping, we should expect to hear trade rumblings grow louder.


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33 Comments on "Could Cubs Attempt To Trade Gorzelanny?"


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04Forever
5 years 2 months ago

you want a setup guy? how about Papelbon for Lee with no money changing hands. That solves two big problems for the two of them. The sox get a power hitter and you can use Pap as a closer or setup guy, both are on their last years and the sox dont have much use for Pap without a power hitter to get a lead anyway

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AisoRed
5 years 2 months ago

I am not sure I see this working. Who are the Cubs going to put in Lee’s spot to get almost the same results?

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04Forever
5 years 2 months ago

good point, but i dont think leaving Zambrano in the pen is not a good long term idea either. How about a free Mike Lowell?

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bigpat
5 years 2 months ago

Does Beltre move to the bench then? I don’t see how they can fit in a first baseman on a one year contract when they have Beltre getting 10M for a year and he’s playing very well.

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04Forever
5 years 2 months ago

Lee would act as the DH the way i see it. Ortiz is running on four flat tires, any trade made for a power hitter means his release

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BlueCatuli
5 years 2 months ago

You’d rather have Youkilis playing 1st base?

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04Forever
5 years 2 months ago

youkilis has only committed only 30 errors in four different positions since he became a full time player at first since 2006, he even went a whole season without allowing any at first. Lee has committed 28 errors at first in the same amount of time, granted that he has played more at first then youk during that period. Youk is a great defender, the reason he doesnt win gold gloves is because he is so good he shares time a third and first when he is needed. ill take youkilis at first still, and third

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04Forever
5 years 2 months ago

sorry, make that only 29 errors

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BlueCatuli
5 years 2 months ago

Youkilis doesn’t win the Gold Glove at first because he plays in the same league with Texiera,. The year he did win was the year Texiera ended the season in Atlanta. Lee won Gold Gloves when Helton was in his prime. If the Sox make a trade for Gonzalez, would you still want Youkilis at 1st base? Gonzalez is arguably the best defensive 1st baseman/ Left handed hitter in baseball.

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tuff_gong
5 years 2 months ago

Lee is a gold glove !B though? definitely better defensively than youkilis

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tuff_gong
5 years 2 months ago

1B not !B…

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04Forever
5 years 2 months ago

since you asked the same question as the other guy, i think you should read what i told him about youkilis

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5 years 2 months ago

Please Omar, get on this. Feliciano for Gorzelanny?

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bigpat
5 years 2 months ago

They should trade Ted Lilly. They won’t contend this year and unless they expect to re-sign him, he could get something good back in return. Gorzo might have to take his spot next year.

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04Forever
5 years 2 months ago

not until he pitches a few games and pitches well, otherwise your stuck

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5 years 2 months ago

Starlin Castro for Brandon Lyon. Whaddya say. Great deal, right? Right?

…no?

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Suzysman
5 years 2 months ago

Yeah, one of Gorz, Silva or Zambrano is likely being shopped – Lou’s comments yesterday indicate it at least. I just cant imagine Gorzelanny is someone teams will be overly excited about receiving back. His fairly high walk totals and pretty consistent ability to get hit shown is not overly enticing. Plus, we did get him as kind of a throw-in ourselves after he was demoted for an inability to do much of anything.

But the bigger issue is this – if they are moving Z to the pen just in hopes that they can find someone to take a gamble on Gorz or Silva… Well, fire Hendry and Lou right now!