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The Dodgers and Rockies have talked with the Nationals about John Lannan

Jun 5, 2012, 9:48 PM EDT

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John Lannan is still toiling away with the Nationals’ Triple-A affiliate, but he isn’t a forgotten man.

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Dodgers and Rockies have had recent discussions with the Nationals about a possible trade for the left-hander. However, a deal is not considered close.

The Rockies “kicked the tires” on Lannan and were turned off by the price while talks between the Nats and Dodgers were only preliminary. And it’s easy to understand why talks have failed to progress. Rosenthal hears that the Nationals want the acquiring team to cover the remainder of Lannan’s salary for this season (a little less than $3.5 million) and give up at least one legitimate player.

It’s highly unlikely the Nationals will find a team who will meet their demands, especially with Lannan posting an ugly 5.63 ERA and 28/22 K/BB ratio over 10 starts at the Triple-A level.

UPDATE: Lannan allowed one run in a complete game victory this evening. Get on the horn, Mike Rizzo!

  1. prosourcetalk - Jun 5, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    Sell! Sell! Sell! Sell! Sell!

  2. Old Gator - Jun 6, 2012 at 7:19 AM

    Well, since the Feesh blew their chances of unloading Tweeter for Mat Garza over the weenter when the Cubs were so hot for him – before, that is, Theo knew his knee was wonky and that his ineptitude with RISP was probably genetic – maybe now they can package him with Coghlan and move him for Lannan by the July equinox. I’m sure the Gnats could use some bench ballast at 3A.

    • natstowngreg - Jun 6, 2012 at 9:00 AM

      Remind me again who Tweeter is. It can be hard to keep the characters straight. Not as hard as reading War and Peace, but still… Thanks.

      • runyetirun - Jun 6, 2012 at 9:26 AM

        Tweeter must be Logan Morrison- he’s known for his, ah, insouciance on Twitter

      • natstowngreg - Jun 6, 2012 at 2:07 PM

        Thanks.

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