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John Lannan formally requests to be traded by Nationals

Apr 4, 2012, 8:27 PM EDT

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From beat writer Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington’s Nats Insider comes word that recently-demoted lefty John Lannan has formally requested to be traded away from the Nationals.

“A trade would be the best solution for everyone in both the short and long term,” the 27-year-old wrote Wednesday night in a statement to the media. “I believe that I belong in a big-league rotation. I am a proven major-league starting pitcher with a track record of success. … I anticipated on being part of the team’s next exciting chapter. If the Nationals feel they don’t need me or want me with the current make-up of the team, I can respect their decision. However, I’m very confident that I am capable of making a meaningful contribution to a major-league team.”

Lannan has started on Opening Day twice for the Nats and posted a cool 3.70 ERA in 180-plus innings last year, but he was beat out by Ross Detwiler this spring for the final spot in an improved Washington rotation.

The Nationals could struggle to find a taker quickly, given that Lannan is owed a $5 million salary for 2012. For now, the southpaw is set to open the 2012 regular season as a starter at Triple-A Syracuse.

  1. jonirocit - Apr 4, 2012 at 8:48 PM

    Trade him he is a big leaguer on a lot of teams

  2. natinals10 - Apr 4, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    John Lannan deserves a tip of the hat from every nationals fan. He is a pro who showed up to work everyday despite the crap the club put around him. He is not going to win 20 games and strikeout 200 but he is a quality major league pitcher. I wish him the best and some team will be lucky to have a team guy at the back of their rotation.

    • natstowngreg - Apr 5, 2012 at 8:30 AM

      Agreed.

  3. Stiller43 - Apr 4, 2012 at 9:27 PM

    I’d really like to see him upgrade a lacking staff in pittsburgh.

  4. airedale2 - Apr 4, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    He’s a schmuck who plunks far too many batters. Karma is a bitch, Johnnyboy.

    Try Japan.

    • hammyofdoom - Apr 4, 2012 at 9:54 PM

      Really hope this is trolling, the dude roughly hits 7 guys a year. Verlander in 07 hit twice that number

  5. simon94022 - Apr 4, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    He is a mid-rotation starter on all but the best pitching staffs. At $5 million, a guy like that is cheap. There should be 15- 20 teams in on this.

  6. roarrestored753 - Apr 4, 2012 at 10:02 PM

    Tigers were interested in him 3 weeks ago. We’d love to have him. Take Inge well take Lannan sounds like a fair deal.

  7. natsattack - Apr 4, 2012 at 10:03 PM

    What natinals10 said.

  8. randygnyc - Apr 4, 2012 at 11:54 PM

    Low salary, descent recent years, young AND HE’S A LEFTY. Wtf? He’d be gone by tmrw if the bats don’t get greedy.

  9. 12strikes - Apr 5, 2012 at 7:11 AM

    Hey John….
    Life time record of 38 and 51 and no seasons with a winning record. Yea.. that’s “…proven major-league starting pitcher with a track record of success”.

    That being said, I would take rather have him then Kyle Kendrick.

    • paperlions - Apr 5, 2012 at 8:07 AM

      Get back in the DeLorean and go back to your own time before you change the future.

    • bennyblanco1 - Apr 5, 2012 at 9:06 AM

      Are you aware of the lineups the Nats had during those years? Its not like he was pitching on a team that scored alot of runs or played exceptional defense. The teams he pitched for didnt win many games.

      Its surprising his record is that good.

      • 12strikes - Apr 5, 2012 at 5:24 PM

        1972 – Phillies go 59/97. Steve Calton : 27 and 10, 1.97 era.

        Anyone that is going to claim to be a “proven major-league starting pitcher with a track record of success” should be able to shut down the opposition. John Lannan is a below average to mediocre pitcher. He should thank God for every pay check he gets playing base ball.

  10. Kevin S. - Apr 5, 2012 at 8:40 AM

    Is Peter Bourjous still available?

  11. Jonny 5 - Apr 5, 2012 at 8:46 AM

    This sucks! The Phillies so enjoyed when Lannan pitched.

  12. homelanddefense - Apr 5, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    The Red Sox should be on this already

  13. basslargemouth - Apr 5, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    Hell send him to the 0″s he would be a #1 starter there!

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