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Nationals Swap for Pitcher Gorzelanny

Team agrees to term with Hairston Jr.



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    LOS ANGELES - AUGUST 20: Tom Gorzelanny #22 of the Chicago Cubs pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first inning during the game at Dodger Stadium on August 20, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

    The Washington Nationals finalized their trade to acquire left-hander Tom Gorzelanny from the Chicago Cubs for three minor league prospects on Wednesday, and also agreed to terms with utility player Jerry Hairston Jr.

    The Nationals sent outfielder Michael Burgess, right-hander A.J. Morris and left-hander Graham Hicks to Chicago.

    The 34-year-old Hairston is a career .257 hitter with 59 homers and 341 RBI across 13 seasons with six clubs.

    He hit .244 with 10 homers and a career-high 50 RBIs for the San Diego Padres last season.

    The 28-year-old Gorzelanny is 36-37 with a 4.68 ERA in six major league seasons with the Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates. He went 7-9 with a 4.09 ERA in 23 starts and six relief appearances last year, and the Cubs dealt him after obtaining starter Matt Garza in a trade with Tampa Bay.

    Before the trade to the Nationals became official, Gorzelanny avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $2.1 million, one-year deal with the Cubs.