The Nationals acquired Chicago Cubs left-handed starter Tom Gorzelanny from the Chicago Cubs for three prospects, and now, we know who two of those prospects are. They are outfielder Michael Burgess and pitcher A.J. Morris.
The trade won't become official until Gorzelanny passes a physical, expected to take place tomorrow. Two of the players headed to Chicago are outfielder Michael Burgess and right-hander A.J. Morris; the third is a pitcher described as a "mid-level prospect."
Neither player was among the Nationals' top 10 prospects according to Baseball America, but Burgess was at one point before struggles caused him to fall down the organizational depth chart. Burgess was picked in the 2007 draft, while Morris was selected in the 2009 draft.
Still, it's striking that the Nationals are trading even mediocre prospects for a guy like Gorzelanny, who has not been particularly impressive in his Major League career. The need for starting pitching is clearly that striking.