A bit of a surprise rumor from the Winter Meetings: Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting on Twitter that the Chicago Cubs are “aggressively” shopping lefty starter Tom Gorzelanny this week. Given that (a) the team is looking for another starting pitcher, (b) Gorzelanny was effective as a starter last year, and (c) Gorzelanny is going to cost less than a few million this year, this is surprising.
That is not to say it’s unwelcome – Gorzelanny should have a fair bit of value given the starting pitcher market. It does raise a troubling signal that the Cubs could be veering toward an all-out salary dump mode. If he is moved, you’d have to figure the Cubs are expecting to let a youngster like Andrew Cashner (or Casey Coleman or Jay Jackson) take a rotation spot in 2011.