The Washington Nationals have been desperate to find another starting pitcher this offseason. They may have done just that, though it's hardly the guy they initially targeted. The team is closing in on acquiring left-handed starter Tom Gorzelanny from the Chicago Cubs for three minor leaguers, according to an ESPN Chicago report.
Gorzelanny is a 28-year old lefty that started 23 games for the Cubs last year. He posted a 7-9 record and a 4.09 ERA in 29 appearances overall. The Cubs would have liked to keep him, but needed to shave payroll after acquiring Matt Garza from the Tampa Bay Rays. Gorzelanny's best season came in 2007, when he went 14-10 with a 3.88 ERA as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Gorzelanny would likely join Livan Hernandez and Jordan Zimmermann in the starting rotation, along with potentially Yunesky Maya, John Lannan and Jason Marquis. It remains unclear which prospects the Nationals will send back to the Cubs.