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John Lannan is hurting his quest for a trade from Nationals

Apr 9, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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John Lannan wants the Nationals to trade him and they’d be glad to if someone would take his $5 million salary off their hands, but instead he’s stuck in the minors and didn’t help his cause much yesterday in his first Triple-A start.

Lannan lasted just two innings against the Yankees’ affiliate, giving up five runs to a lineup that included No. 3 hitter Steve Pearce and cleanup man Jack Cust. He managed to strike out just one of the 14 batters he faced, allowing six hits and two walks.

If there’s truly almost zero market for Lannan right now the Nationals are probably better off keeping him as rotation insurance, as dumping him to save a few bucks or acquire a marginal prospect has limited value at this point and he could still come in handy if a starter goes down with an injury. Still, it’s remarkable how far he’s fallen after being the Opening Day starter in both 2009 and 2010 before throwing 185 innings with a 3.70 ERA last year.

  1. dagnats - Apr 9, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    its one game, he’ll end up being average as always, I like holding onto him for insurance this year though

  2. natstowngreg - Apr 9, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    In previous seasons, the Nats lacked alternatives. Now, they don’t.

  3. 12strikes - Apr 9, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    “…proven major-league starting pitcher with a track record of success”

    The only thing he proved is that being the best pitcher on a BAD team with a crappy bullpen does not mean you a ” “proven major-league starting pitcher”

    • dagnats - Apr 9, 2012 at 12:10 PM

      “BAD team” They finished 80-81…thats not a bad team, the astros with 56 wins were a “BAD” team last year…..”crappy bullpen” ? The gnats had one of the best bullpens last year…one of our strong points, Clippard era 1.83, Storen era 2.75 (43 saves), Burnett era 3.81 , Henry Rodriguez era 3.56, Todd Coffey era 3.62, they were all good last year

      • dagnats - Apr 9, 2012 at 12:12 PM

        those 5 bullpen guys were also a combined 22-12 win/loss btw

      • 12strikes - Apr 9, 2012 at 12:39 PM

        Taking Lannan statement that he is “…proven major-league starting pitcher with a track record of success” In his 5 season when did he prove that? Basically you are making my point for me. The Nat where OK (and that is generous) with and OK bull pen last season.
        and Lannan was 3 games below 500. He had the 2nd worse win percentage on the Nat last year.

        Lannan gave up the most Hr’s and walks on the team. His SO per 9 was 3rd worse on the team. His SO to BB ratio was THE WORSE on the team. Show me his proven track record of success. And don’t tell me that he was on a bad team. He gave up 3.7 walks per 9 innings. A pitcher controls that stat.

        He was, for 4 year, the best pitcher on a bad team. That does not mean he has a track record of success.

  4. dagnats - Apr 9, 2012 at 12:54 PM

    I never said anything about Lannan being good. I was commenting on you saying the gnats were “BAD” last year, which they were not, and that their bullpen was “crappy” which it also was not. The problem is not Lannan or any individual pitcher, its just their offense was below average, they did not score enough runs.

    Im not arguing with you about Lannan, Im arguing with you saying the team was bad. I have followed the team since 05’…They have had some terrible years, specifically 2008, 2009, 2010. But you can’t tell me they were a bad team last year. They won 80 games, they just didnt score a ton of runs, and alot of their wins were 1-2 run games

    • natstowngreg - Apr 9, 2012 at 6:03 PM


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