MLB Trade Rumors has an interesting round-up of the coverage on rumors that the Cubs might be looking to trade Tom Gorzelanny.â†µ
I say interesting, not just because they name Gorz as a trade chip — the Cubs glut of starting pitching is well known, but rather because of some facts they list about the Gorz.â†µ
Gorzelanny is striking out more batters (9.3 K/9 vs. 5.9 K/9 with Pittsburgh) and walking fewer batters (3.3 BB/9 vs. 4.1 BB/9 with Pittsburgh) since joining the Cubs. Those improved ratios, and Gorzelanny’s 3.66 ERA would compare well with any available starting pitcher this side of Cliff Lee and Roy Oswalt.â†µ
They also note that Gorzelanny is only making $800,000 this year and doesn’t hit free agency until 2013.â†µ
Wait…. the Cubs have a pretty good starter making under $1 million dollars and he’s in contract for another two years? Who knew!â†µ
I feel a bit of turmoil after reading this piece about the thought of trading him away. I suppose it’s sort of like that situation where you have no problem getting rid of something until somebody else wants it, and then all of a sudden it makes you wonder if you’re missing its true value.â†µ
I knew this phenomenon worked with relationships and old clothing, but who knew it carried over to starting pitchers as well!â†µ
Yet, as much as I am unsure about whether or not we want to make Tom Gorzelanny the “[starting] one that got away” I do wonder if perhaps the Cubs could get some young talent at 3B or 1B in exchange for the Gorz. Lee and A-Ram aren’t getting any younger, after all….