Nationals Reportedly Set to Trade Chaminade Grad

Washington said to be “aggressively” trying to unload pitcher John Lannan.

Left-handed pitcher John Lannan, aka “The Pride of Long Beach,” is apparently on the trading block, according to reports.

Lannan, a graduate of and Siena College, recently lost his arbitration case this past Thursday and the Washington Nationals will have to pay him $5 million instead of his desired $5.7 million.

According to Fox Sports, Washington is “aggressively” shopping the 27-year old after the acquisition of lefty Gio Gonzalez and reaching an agreement with agreement with free-agent right-hander Edwin Jackson.

If the Nationals traded Lannan… they still would have one left-hander in their rotation, Gonzalez, and possibly a second, Ross Detwiler.

Lannan went 10-17 with a 3.70 ERA, earning a salary of $2.75 million in the 2011 season, the first time he reached the 10 win plateau in his 5 years as a major league player. The Nationals finished in third place in the 2011 NL East after being in fifth place for the previous three.

SLJ February 08, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Mets can use a good lefthander.
John Carway February 09, 2012 at 02:35 PM
What accounts for their "aggression "? Is it Lennon's record in court or on the mound?
Geoffrey Walter February 09, 2012 at 04:55 PM
It could be that they are trying to unload payroll (Lannan is their highest paid right now) or that he has not posted a winning record in three of his last four seasons (8-8 in 2010), but the Nats do not provide him much run support whenever he pitches. Being a lefty, he will be around the game for a while though.


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