The Nationals traded for Cubs starting pitcher Tom Gorzelanny on Monday, and may have been faced with the task of having to go to arbitration for him. However, in the end, that will not be the case. Gorzelanny agreed to a one-year, $2.1 million contract with the Cubs, and the Nationals will assume that contract rather than arbitration, according to Mark Zuckerman.
This means the Nationals will not have to go to arbitration with any of their players. Earlier Tuesday, they agreed to terms on one-year contracts with Michael Morse and Doug Slaten. On Monday, they agreed to a one-year contract with John Lannan. All four players were eligible for arbitration.
The Nationals agreed to send back outfielder Michael Burgess and starting pitchers A.J. Morris and Graham Hicks in exchange for Gorzelanny.