Tag:Washington
Posted on: March 7, 2012 8:07 pm
Edited on: March 7, 2012 8:10 pm
 

John Lannan on the block?

By Dayn Perry

John LannanNationals lefty John Lannan could be traded by Opening Day, reports MLB.com'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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Posted on: March 6, 2012 10:29 pm
Edited on: March 6, 2012 10:52 pm
 

Injury roundup: Hart, Longoria, Utley and more

Corey HartBy Dayn Perry

Notes on some maladies and afflictions from around baseball on Tuesday ... 

  • Rays third sacker and AL MVP candidate Evan Longoria has no idea when his injured right hand will allow him to join the lineup. He might, however, begin hitting off a tee on Wednesday. [Tampa Tribune]
  • Brewers right fielder Corey Hart was recently diagnosed with torn cartilage in his knee and on Tuesday underwent successful arthroscopic surgery this week. He'll miss three to four weeks almost certainly open the season on the DL, just as he did in 2011. [MLB.com]

  • Phillies second baseman Chase Utley still has no clear timetable for his return from chronic knee problems. 

    “We talked about him not playing for the first week or two weeks,” manager Charlie Manuel said. “We’re going to ease him into it. We know he’ll be ready when the bell rings. We just want to make sure he’s as fresh and as healthy as he can possibly be on Opening Day.” [The Zo Zone]

  • David Wright of the Mets is hampered by a ribcage injury, and he won't be able to see any Grapefruit League action until at least next week, manager Terry Collins told reporters. Wright is lifting weights and not experiencing any discomfort, but the Mets are taking a conservative approach with their third baseman. [Newark Star-Ledger]
  • Good news for the wondrously named Freddie Freeman, who was in the lineup on Tuesday well ahead of schedule. Freeman dislocated his left kneecap early in camp and was initially expected to be out for up to two weeks. 

    “I felt good,” Freeman said afterward. “I had no problems. I wasn’t even thinking about it. I’m not going to go out there if I didn’t feel like I could do it. It felt good swinging. It felt good fielding. I was able to come off the bag when holding on runners and go back just in case there was a throw back." [Atlanta Journal Constitution]

  • Nationals outfielder Michael Morse, fresh off his 31-homer breakout campaign of 2011, was a late scratch today because of a strained lat muscle. He's listed as day-to-day. [Washington Post]

  • Astros catcher Humberto Quintero will receive a cortisone shot on Wednesday and then head back to Houston to have his injured back examined. He hopes to be in the lineup on Friday against Toronto. [MLB.com]

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