John Lannan Drawing Interest

The Red Sox, Tigers and Astros are watching John Lannan and a deal involving the left-hander is "likely" Danny Knobler of CBS Sports tweets. The Mets and Padres had interest, but balked at his $5MM salary.

Lannan doesn't have a guaranteed rotation spot in Washington after posting a 3.70 ERA with 5.2 K/9 and 3.7 BB/9 in 184 2/3 innings last year, so he's a potential trade candidate this spring. The Blue Jays, Royals and Tigers are among the teams monitoring the market for starting pitching, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported today.


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29 Comments on "John Lannan Drawing Interest"


3 years 5 months ago

This guy had some fairly good numbers on the surface last year with his ERA and WHIP, but looking into it his BABIP and FIP were high, not a guy that goes deep into games and the K to BB ratio was nothing special. Not to mention last year was his best, and for 5M dollars this year the price better be cheap if the Sox are going after him. 

Leonard Washington
3 years 5 months ago

I think Doubront can pitch more than good enough to get that 5 spot for us so heres hoping the Sox give him a chance to prove it. 

Joe Goodin
3 years 5 months ago

I’ve been saying the Sox should go for him since they signed Edwin Jackson. Ryan Kalish, Lars Anderson, Mike Aviles for John Lannan and Ian Desmond

notsureifsrs
3 years 5 months ago

nope

CapitalFever
3 years 5 months ago

Wow that would be a terrible deal for the Nationals. 

MaineSox
3 years 5 months ago

Would it?  I wouldn’t trade 6 years of Kalish for 2 years of Lannan (who is paid market value at best and is overpaid at worst) and 4 years of a replacement level SS.  Then you add in 3 years of a better SS than Desmond and this looks like an absolutely terrible deal for Boston.

oscargamble
3 years 5 months ago

It’s actually not that bad – replenish the system a bit after the Gio deal, move Espinosa to SS where he belongs, play Aviles at 2B until Lombardozzi is ready.  Lannan is a nice pitcher and a gamer but this deal is certainly reasonable.

Redsox33
3 years 5 months ago

more like Anderson and Brentz and Mcdonald (He can take CF for Nats) for Lannan

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 5 months ago

He’s a decent #5 starter but I doubt he’d have much success at all pitching in the American League East.

Detroit might make sense given the ball park and the weak division… I’ve got to think Oliver or one of their kids can pitch just as well as Lannan though.

… Houston? I don’t even know.

3 years 5 months ago

 I second the notion about Lannan being no better than internal options.  Why pick up a somewhat expensive veteran when you can have a kid do the same job or maybe better for a tenth the cost?  Nothing wrong with Lannan as a depth starter for a team, I just don’t see it making sense for the Tigers. 

Guest
3 years 5 months ago

i think “solid” is a more appropriate word.  but i understand where your coming from bases on the sample size (like 2-13) he has against phi haha

nats2012
3 years 5 months ago

I dont think its smart for the Nats to trade Lannan. Of course if the Nats have no injuries to their starting staff it will work out okay, but Lannan is a reliable guy. Doesnt make sense to me because I dont think we can get anything too great in return.

rayking
3 years 5 months ago

Astros will trade for him and have him be the 8th inning set-up guy for Brett Myers. Brilliant!

nats2012
3 years 5 months ago

And Lannan pitches pretty well against the league minus the Phils. So I think the return for him wont be worth it for having a reliable arm that can give you close to 200 innings. And if they are just sold already on moving him wait alittle bit until another team has an injury and they need him more than they do now.

Snoochies8
3 years 5 months ago

a’s really don’t have much pitching depth, well, major league-proven pitching depth that’s healthy. mccarthy, ross (who’ll most likely end up on the DL), colon, milone (kind of), and…godfrey i guess…

they really need to pick someone like lannan or mcclellan who could come cheap (in terms of prospects, a’s probably would pick up the $). Parker has all of 5 2/3 innings above AA and peacock still has some kinks to work out. Also since it’s looking like braden will be out longer than expected, but the good news is anderson is progressing quicker than expected, but he’s still not going to be rushed back

LUWahooNatFan
3 years 5 months ago

Who on the Astros or Detroit would the Nationals consider a long-term option at Centerfield? Austin Jackson is the only one that comes to mind and I don’t see Detroit wanting to give him up

I’m perfectly content with Bernadina/Ankiel until Harper gets called up and then move Werth there for the rest of the season, after the year got a few solid options in free agency(Bourn, Victorino, Upton) and would allow for Werth to move over to LF and Morse to 1B

kräftig. entschieden
3 years 5 months ago

I could see Lannan + 2/3 million for Weiland or Clemens and a PTBNL from the Astros. Gives the Nationals a serviceable and affordable back-of-the-rotation guy with options who’s under team control for a long while and can be called on to replace anybody who gets injured in the rotation. The Nats need a little bit of flexibility and a goodish AAA pitcher would go a long way if someone has to miss a couple of weeks. Beyond that, he could make the team in 2013, when there’s going to be around two spots open. A thought!

LanceKlein
3 years 5 months ago

I dont think they’d get rid of Weiland. They just acquired him this off-season I believe and are in a rebuilding stage.

And its not like they’re gonna need him for a playoff spot or something

Backup_Slider
3 years 5 months ago

Most likely you’d be looking at a swap of Lannan and a small amount of cash for Jason Bourgeois and Humberto Quintero. At this stage, the Nats are very likely looking to move what they see as a surplus starter and deepen their bench to better round out what could be a competitive club for this and the next few seasons; they won’t receive prospects like Weiland or Clemens from a rebuilding club like Houston. In Bourgeois the Nats would get the righthanded platoon CFer with great basestealing ability that they’ve been linked to for the past several months. In Quintero, they’d be getting a premier defensive catcher to back up Wilson Ramos, though he’s been hurt lately. In Lannan, the Astros would be getting an established MLB starter than can eat some innings and is affordable enough to be flipped in several directions for prospects mid-season.

johnsilver
3 years 5 months ago

Isn’t Houston already trying to move another overpaid Lefty in Rodriquez? Why would they want to give up anything for, much less acquire the salary and have the headache of 2 SP they can’t get rid of?

Blue387
3 years 5 months ago

The Rockies could use someone like Lannan. Their rotation isn’t that great and technically, Jeremy Guthrie is their ace according to the team’s depth chart. But I don’t know who they would send to Washington in a trade.

John Stefan
3 years 5 months ago

I doubt the Rockies take on Lannan’s salary, however one player who could serve as a stopgap in CF for the Nationals could be Eric Young Jr.  The Rockies have given up on him for the most part, and he’s cost controlled.

Motor_City_Bombshell
3 years 5 months ago

Andy Oliver > John Lannan. I’d rather see Oliver get a shot and if he doesn’t pan out give Turner a shot. It’s not like the Tigers don’t have options in the number 5 spot, I’d be disappointed if they traded for Lannan.

UltimateYankeeFan
3 years 5 months ago

Add a NEW term to what the Red Sox are doing when it comes to pitchers on the market this season.  Earlier it was “looking into” or “checking on” and now it’s “watching”.  

Alexander_Brovechkin
3 years 5 months ago

IMO, any deal involving Lannan is going to have to include the Nats eating some of his salary.  

And for those mentioning Weiland, it’s interesting, as Weiland and Lannan are the only two pitchers in the past 10 years to be ejected in their debuts.

johnsilver
3 years 5 months ago

Not a big fan of Weiand either when Boston had him.. Of the 3 they were developing at the same time.. Weiand, Fife and Wilson Weiand was my least favorite, but if was Houston? Would still prefer Weiand, who han get it into the lo-mid 90’s, has a decent slider over garbage tossing lefty in Lannan and having to pay him 5m for being the #5 at best that he is.

Take the 6 years of control you have over Weiand and back end of the rotation type Weiand should top out at.

Henduck
3 years 5 months ago

Some rumblings on Twitter today that the Pirates could be in on this. 

shakeweight22
3 years 5 months ago

lannan for gorkys hernandez sure seems to make sense. the real question is who is would lannan replace if that happens

goner
3 years 5 months ago

 As a Pirates fan, I sure hope Lannan nibbles around the strike zone for some other team.