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Red Sox and Tigers “most focused” on possible trade for John Lannan

Mar 13, 2012, 8:40 PM EDT

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Chien-Ming Wang appears to have the inside track on the Nationals’ fifth starter job, which leaves John Lannan in a state of limbo. He does have an option remaining, so it’s possible he could begin the season with Triple-A Syracuse, but Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com reports that it’s increasingly likely that he’ll be traded prior to Opening Day.

Knobler names the Red Sox and Tigers as the teams believed to be the “most focused” on Lannan while the Astros have also shown some interest. Other potential suitors like the Mets or Padres could be scared off by Lannan’s $5 million salary for this season.

Lannan, 27, posted a 3.70 ERA and 106/76 K/BB ratio over 184 2/3 innings last season. He remains under team control through 2013, though a projected raise through the arbitration process will likely render him a non-tender candidate this offseason.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 13, 2012 at 8:54 PM

    The Sox will probably be linked to every starter on the trade block from now until the trade deadline.

  2. uyf1950 - Mar 13, 2012 at 9:06 PM

    Don’t worry the Red Sox only have an “interest in” and “checking into” that’s as far as they have been will to go so far this winter and spring. They already figure to be over the luxury tax threshold when you factor in everything so and extra $5MM now in salary actually cost them $7MM when you consider the 40% tax rate as a repeat offender. Henry and Lucchino won’t go for the extra money.

    • hammyofdoom - Mar 14, 2012 at 1:07 PM

      Not that that’s really a bad thing. I mean really, if you can’t field a great team with 180 million dollars (this coming from a Red Sox fan) than you probably dont deserve to win

  3. proudlycanadian - Mar 13, 2012 at 9:19 PM

    Lannan’s K and BB numbers did not impress me. In the AL his ERA would be well north of 4.00.

  4. muckthefets23 - Mar 13, 2012 at 9:48 PM

    Damn that will take a couple almost guaranteed wins away from the Phils…

  5. Walk - Mar 14, 2012 at 12:38 AM

    Not sure how he does againt phillies, i’ll take your word for it, but if he gets traded to al or sent to minors it adds some wins to the braves. Guy looks like a spider in the middle of the web when he pitches, shoulders hunched up like he has no neck but he pitched very well in almost every game i saw when he went against the braves.

  6. avallstar - Mar 14, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    What could Lannan potentially land us, in the way of prospects? What’s he worth?

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