Both pitchers were deemed replaceable by the Nationals not necessarily for their pitching but for the money they would have been making or were seeking for the role they would have played in Washington. Gorzelanny’s role is essentially replaced by Zach Duke or Bill Bray while Jackson’s is replaced by Dan Haren who is making the same yearly salary as Jackson but for only one year. Next year, it could be Haren in Jackson’s place for all we know.
The two signing elsewhere, along with John Lannan signing in Philadelphia earlier this week, closes the door on most of the Nationals free agents. The only ones that remain are Adam LaRoche and Jesus Flores from the Major League team a year ago. The Nationals are still major players on LaRoche but it seems that news around him is at a stand still. Whether that is due to the holidays approaching or due to a new market evolving after the signing of Josh Hamilton to the Los Angeles Angels and the trade of Kendrys Morales to the Seattle Mariners, no one knows.