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John Lannan on the block?

Posted on: March 7, 2012 8:07 pm
Edited on: March 7, 2012 8:10 pm
By Dayn Perry

John LannanNationals lefty John Lannan could be traded by Opening Day, reports's Bill Ladson. Ladson's source believes that the Nats will seek a package of prospects in return. 

Washington certainly has the rotation depth to make such a move. Barring injury or trade, they'll likely break camp with six starting pitchers on the active roster: Lannan, Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Edwin Jackson, Jordan Zimmermann, and Chien-Ming Wang

As for Lannan's allure on the market (besides the general interest that surrounds any starting pitcher up for trade), the Nats will no doubt find suitors. Lannan will be arbitration-eligible for the third time after the upcoming season and is slated for free agency following the 2013 campaign. 

In 2011, Lannan posted a 3.70 ERA in 184.2 innings. However, Lannan's peripherals (i.e., things like strikeouts, walks, and home run rates) suggest he was a bit lucky last season. Most of the projection systems tab him for a 2012 ERA that ranges from slightly better than league average to slightly worse than league average. Still, a guy who can give you average-ish innings from the back end has value. Since the Nats will be dealing from a position of strength, trading Lannan makes sense. 

On the other hand, almost no team uses just five starters for an entire season, and given Strasburg's probable innings limit and Wang's injury history (and the Nats' legitimate designs on contention), depth might be more necessity than luxury for D.C.

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Since: Mar 20, 2012
Posted on: March 20, 2012 11:01 am

John Lannan on the block?

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Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2012 9:55 am

John Lannan on the block?

2-12 5.73 ERA against the Phillies will get you traded!

Since: Jan 18, 2012
Posted on: March 8, 2012 1:24 am

John Lannan on the block?

Lanan's 2011 ERA is misleading.  He had 76 Walks and 106K's that's one of the worst K's/BB ratios in baseball for a starting pitcher.  his WHIP the last two years has been around 1.500  His numbers seem to indicate that he is a #5 starter on any team.  No one is going to give up solid prospects for a 1.39 SO/BB ratio

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 10:17 pm

John Lannan on the block?

Uh, Pittsburgh is on the hook for 6.5 mil of Burnetts contract for the each of the next 2 years. There are staffs out there like the Orioles and Cubs where Lannan would be a 2nd starter on. And a 2nd or 3rd starter is a steal at 5 mil.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 10:01 pm

John Lannan on the block?

Who in the world is going to agree to take on $5 million of salary and give up prospects for a guy who is barely good enough to be a #5 starter?  With 3 of their starters on innings limits this year it makes much more sense for the Nats to just keep him around for now and look to deal him in July, where he will probably be more valuable.

Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 9:05 pm

John Lannan on the block?

Why would the Jays want Lannan? They said so themselves, they were only going to add a starter if he were a top of the rotation type for the team, and Lannan is not that. Sure he wouldn't hurt their rotation by any means, but he isn't the type of pitcher the Jays are looking for. They already have a plethora of arms competing for those back of the rotation spots. 

Since: Jan 16, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2012 8:44 pm

John Lannan on the block?

Its one thing to take prospects its another to take prospects that can play. This move seems more like a salary dump than anything.

Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 8:32 pm

John Lannan on the block?

we will take him in Toronto...can't have too much pitching!

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