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.