The Mets have mostly been linked to either Jeff Francis and/or Chris R. Young to fill out their rotation for 2011, but they have also reportedly been chatting to the Chicago Cubs about left-hander, Tom Gorzelanny. Originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2003, Gorzelanny enjoyed tremendous success in the minors, posting a career 2.78 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 8.9 K/9 IP, and 2.9 BB/9 IP. He also showed some promise for the Pirates in 2007, when he posted 14 Wins, 3.88 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, and 135 K’s in 201.6 IP at the major league level. However, the big left-hander followed up a solid full-season, with a horrendous one–6.66 ERA, 1.80 WHIP, 5.7 K/9 IP, and 6.0 BB/9 IP.
The Pirates dealt Gorzelanny to the Chicago Cubs mid-season in 2009, where he continued to struggle finding a role with the team. Between 2009 and 2010, the Cubs were undecided whether to use the lefty as a reliever or in his more natural habitat, as a starter. However, in 2010, Gorzelanny caught two breaks which netted him a rotation spot–Ted Lilly missed about a month in the beginning of the season, and Carlos Zambrano was surprising removed from the rotation in May. Despite not recording a win in March/April, Gorzelanny posted an impressive 2.45 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 7.0 K/9 IP, and 2.86 BB/9 IP. With the exception of June, Gorzelanny kept his rotation spot, but lost his sparking control. Overall, his 2010 was pretty mediocre–a 4.09 ERA, 1.49 WHIP, 7.9 K/9 IP, and 4.5 BB/9 IP.
While the Cubs do not seem to have anyone else nipping at Gorzelanny’s heals for his rotation slot, like the Pirates, the Cubs might have grown tired of his inconsistency. This deems the question–could the Mets be a good fit for Gorzelanny? Gorzelanny certainly isn’t the most dependable starter, but one must remember that he’s just 27 years-old, so he still has time to find himself. If the Mets find Francis/Young too costly, and they’re actually thinking about a Freddy Garcia reunion tour, Mets fans should hope that Sandy Alderson seriously looks into a Tom Gorzelanny trade.
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