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John Lannan loses arbitration hearing against Nationals, will make $5 million in 2012

Feb 2, 2012, 11:45 AM EDT

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We have the results of the first arbitration hearing of the offseason. According to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, left-hander John Lannan lost his hearing against the Nationals and will earn a $5 million salary this season.

Lannan, 27, requested a $5.7 million salary when arbitration figures were exchanged last month. Both sides stated their respective cases yesterday, but the three-person panel of arbitrators ultimately ruled in the favor of the team.

While Lannan lost the hearing, Amanda Comak of the Washington Times notes that he is now the highest-paid pitcher on the Nationals.

Lannan posted career-bests with a 3.70 ERA and 10 wins across 33 starts last season, despite an underwhelming 106/76 K/BB ratio over 184 2/3 innings. He remains under team control through 2013.

  1. natstowngreg - Feb 2, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    Having watched Lannan pitch many times, it’s fascinating to see how much production he gets from limited talent. That he can command $5 million a year is even more fascinating.

  2. natsattack - Feb 2, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    I wanna lose a hearing for $5 million!

  3. natsattack - Feb 2, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    He was the highest paid pitcher for about an hour.

    • natstowngreg - Feb 2, 2012 at 4:32 PM

      Looks like he may not be the 2nd-highest-paid for long.

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