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As mentioned yesterday, the Chicago Cubs face a starting pitcher crunch. With no fewer than five guys for two back-end rotation spots, something’s got to give. And at a Cubs Caravan stop yesterday, new manager Mike Quade suggested – if unconsciously – that the something might be Tom Gorzelanny’s tenure with the Cubs.

When responding to questions about the makeup of the bullpen, and who might get a shot in the rotation, Quade tossed out Andrew Cashner and James Russell as possible rotation candidates. He went on to say this:

“It’s something that’s being discussed,” Quade said. “If you look at the makeup of the pitching staff right now, you have [John] Grabow healthy. You have Russell, who did a great job for us in his role. You’ve got [Sean] Marshall who was Marshall and you have [Scott] Maine who came on and did a nice job late. That’s a great luxury to have, four left-handers. Of those four guys we mentioned, [Russell] would be the only guy in my mind to stretch out [into a starting role].” ESPN Chicago.

Now, does the fact that he didn’t mention Gorzelanny as a lefty mean Tom is gone? Of course not. Quade was talking about bullpenners. He could have been assuming that Gorzelanny was a part of the rotation. But then again, with the starting pitching crunch, I would be surprised if he was assuming anything.

Throw in this…

According to major league sources, numerous teams have contacted the Cubs about Gorzelanny’s availability. Gorzelanny pitched well for the Cubs in 2010, posting a 7-9 record and 4.09 ERA. He did fall victim to the offense’s lack of run production at times. With newly-acquired pitcher Matt Garza due to make between $5-6 million through the arbitration process, the Cubs need to trim some payroll to come in at their budgeted figure by 2011. Thus, Gorzelanny appears to be available.

And you’ve got a guy who, as we’ve predicted all along, is going to be moved at some point this offseason. The Cubs may string the process along in the hopes that a team becomes desperate, or – if it lasts into Spring Training – a team suffes an injury. Gorzelanny is under cheap control for two seasons, and is an effective lefty. That’s cash money in this market, and the Cubs should see real value in a trade.

  • Raymond Robert Koenig

    As Yogi Berra would say, cash is almost as good as money. And hopefully the Cubs feel the same way about Gorzelanny as you and I do, Ace. Don’t get rid of him just to get rid of him. I’d like to see him in the rotation, but if he’s not with the Cubs in 2011 I hope they at least get equal value in return.

  • jim

    real value in return? more likely midlevel prospects. wont replace 4 of top 6 we just gave up for garza.

    • Raymond Robert Koenig

      “equal” value in return.

  • Mike S

    Gorzelanny would bring in 1, maybe 2 mid-level prospects just because he is affordable and under team control for 2 years. He pitched well in the 2nd half, just didn’t get a lot of run-support, which seems to be the Cubs M.O. I’d like to see Gorzelanny as our 5th starter and keep Cashner in the pen, but that doesn’t seem like its going to happen.

  • greg

    Who is our lefty starter with Gorz gone?

  • http://www.givejonadollar.com givejonadollar

    I’m sure that rubs Sean Marshall a bit the wrong way, even though he will probably never say so.

    The guy wants to be a starter, but being a nice guy, has performed in whatever role they put him in. Well, might I add. Very well.

    I think he deserves a shot to start, because he is never going to make big money in the middle of the bullpen, and he has done everything asked of him and paid his dues.

  • KB

    I still don’t see how a team that purports to being a contender would dump Gorz.

  • curt

    trade him 2 texas and get davis and day , hold somebody else up for once

  • Serio

    I really wanted davis and day, buuuut I dont think Gorzelanny’s going to get it done. As for replacing the 4 of top 6 we prospects we just gave up for garza. We really only gave up 2 top prospects.

  • http://bleachernation ramy16

    FIRST OF ALL…LETS SAY WE HAVE THE STUPIDEST FUCKING GM IN THE MAJORS..THIS STUPID FAT FUCK HAS SET THE CUBS ORGANIZATION BACK FOR MANY YEARS TO COME..I FEEL REALLY SORRY FOR OUR NEXT GM…I WOULDNT HAVE TRADED OUR PROSPECTS FOR MATT GARZA..WE HAVE ALOT OF MONEY COMING OFF THE BOOKS…THIS WAS TRUELY A SENSELY TRADE…COME ON PEOPLE CHRIS ARCHER..THIS GUY IS GOING TO BE GOOD FOR A LONG TIME..JUST REMEMBER WHEN HES IN THE PLAYOFFS AND ONCE AGAIN WERE THE CELLAR OF THE N.L…JUST A BONE HEAD OF A FUCKING MOVE!!

  • Joe

    Ramy are you for real? You don’t think Garza (27 years old) who is good NOW will be good for many years? There is not gurantee Archer will do that and I like Archer but you have to give quality to get quality – and Archer is not a cant miss by the way, (indians traded him and Steven for DeRosa – not even Archer straight up) Archer’s upside is most likely what Garza is now and Garza has a higher ceiling. Garza is a building block. A keeper. Archer may also end up in the pen, and by the way the league is loaded with prospects like Archer who fizzle out. Or are not stars in the big or it takes them years. Every hear of Joba Chamberlein #3 prospect in all of baseball a few years ago – (Archer is in the top 100 but not close to that) now Joba bombed as a starter, and is average to above average in the pen with the Yankees looking to dump him.

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