Nationals Notes: Lannan, Werth, Gonzalez

The Nationals made a big splash this week when they landed Gio Gonzalez in a deal to bolster their already solid rotation.  Here's more on what the acquisition of Gonzalez means for the Nats and other news on the club..

  • MLB.com's Bill Ladson (via Twitter) cautions that it's just a prediction, but it wouldn't surprise him to see the Nationals trade John Lannan for a bat.  The left-hander is arbitration eligible for the second time this winter and MLBTR projects that he is set to earn $4.9MM.  The Nats could be comfortable moving Lannan in part because of their confidence in Ross Detwiler (Twitter link).
  • During last night's conference call to discuss the Gonzalez deal, Nationals GM Mike Rizzo said that the club will be aggressive in their pursuit of a long-term center fielder if the opportunity presents itself.  Rizzo went on to say that the club is considering using Jayson Werth in center and expanding their search to include right fielders, Ladson writes.
  • Pete Kerzel of MASNSports.com understands the concern over Gonzalez's walk rate, but also points to the strides he's made in other areas, including innings pitched and sustaining a high strikeout rate with the increased workload.  Kerzel isn't concerned about the fact that Gonzalez has been traded four times, saying that it's a sign of his universally recognized potential and not an indicator of potential problems.


28 Responses to Nationals Notes: Lannan, Werth, Gonzalez Leave a Reply

  1. FillyPhan 4 years ago

    Haha sure put Werth at a new position, that should help get his BA up. Nothing like more pressure at new position to wake up that bat.

    • Lastings 4 years ago

      CF is not new to Werth. He isn’t a gold glover out there, but he can comfortably play that position.

  2. jondogg2010 4 years ago

    Nats don’t need a RF.. They have Bryce Harper. Said the Red Sox fan..

  3. Adam Sager 4 years ago

    Quentin and a prospect for Lannan.

    But I can’t wait to see Harper, so I am fine with them not getting Quentin.

  4. Jayson Werth ist awesome.

    • chrisn313 4 years ago

      Can’t tell if u forgot an “n” or added a “t”, which ist important to the point…

  5. You can get the bat for John Lannan, but you are gonna have to include more if you want someone to swing it.

    • jayrig5 4 years ago

      I’m not sure I agree with this, but it was funny no matter what.

      Also, would a Marlon Byrd for John Lannan swap interest the Nationals?  That doesn’t seem like too far-fetched a scenario for either team.

      • hallwagner 4 years ago

        we already had marlon byrd, we dont want him again

    • Zach 4 years ago

      Hahaha!
      I do think Lannan could fetch a nice piece though

  6. They should move Werth to center and put Harper at Rf nothing to lose there.

  7. Jay LeBlanc 4 years ago

    Lannan for Austin Jackson.

  8. Fred_G_Sanford 4 years ago

    john lannan for john lennon’s autograph…actually the autograph is worth way more so throw in a ptbnl or somethin

  9. IndianaBob 4 years ago

    In 147 at bats in AA he hit .256/.329/.395.  He is NOT ready for the majors.  If the Nationals burn up his service time this early they are fools.  Let him excel in AA and AAA for a decent period before using up his service time.

  10. I think Werth would be good in center field.
    I always felt he should have been playing CF in Philly instead of Victorino.
    I know Harper can hit, put him in RF and slide Werth to CF. I think it would be fine!

  11. FillyPhan 4 years ago

    Victorino’s Fielding %age at center is .994, .997, .995, and 1.000 from 2008-2011, while Werth’s fielding %age at a corner OF is around .98 and dips significantly when moved to CF (at the same time frame). Why would you possibly move him to CF, when Victorino is near flawless (Was flawless in 2011 btw)?

  12. Snoochies8 4 years ago

    fielding percentage? really? 

  13. stl_cards16 4 years ago

    No balls bouncing off your glove=flawless. Got it.

  14. John McFadin 4 years ago

    You cite BA up top and now you cite fielding percentage.  Thanks for clarifying that we don’t need to take your comments seriously.

  15. FillyPhan 4 years ago

    Would you like me to go on with faster, better range, and better judge at balls in general (thus better fielding %age) Victorino is clearly the better fielder. My point being that Werth cant even play clean ball at a corner and you want to give him more range to cover and at a more demanding position. In 2009 PHL put him in CF for 12 games and made 2E in that time (.92 F %) Sure small sample size, but would you wanna bet on him and keep him there?

  16. hallwagner 4 years ago

    while we’re basing things off small sample sizes, he played 19 games in CF for the nats and had zero errors so he must be a perfect CF…

  17. Jay LeBlanc 4 years ago

    Must be Kevin Costner.

  18. John McFadin 4 years ago

    While I agree with the last part of your posts, you are insane to say that McCutchen isn’t that good.  Give me some evidence to back this up please.

  19. Fred_G_Sanford 4 years ago

    yeah you need to spout that sabermatronics to satisfy all these people nowadays…..talk about war and vorp and blarg% and all these made up stats

  20. FillyPhan 4 years ago

    Two completely different topics. I don’t know if you are aware of how forums work. But your reply to my post was a reply to another’s post, where he suggested that it would have been wiser to move werth to center in PHL. Which is talking about positioning and nothing to do with BA. My earlier topic discusses the OP (Original posting) suggesting that they move Werth to CF, where my comment loosely pertained to BA. But if you actually think about what was posted, the point of it is: Moving a guy to a new position is not going to help someone who had career lows when playing full time. It wouldnt really matter what stat a pulled out of my rear. He had a bad year and moving a player never helps.

    But please continue to make meaningless post that only attack an individual without actually adding something to a conversation.

  21. Fred_G_Sanford 4 years ago

    i saw him with my own eyes picking his nose one day and he struck out 3 times at the plate

  22. FillyPhan 4 years ago

    People need to know what they are talking about before posting. This whole conversation started from the guy suggesting putting Werth in CF in PHL. Not at Nationals Park. I took stats that the GM at THAT time would use to determine moving to CF. I could care less what he did after the timeframe the poster is talking about.

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