John Lannan Requests Trade

John Lannan has told Nationals GM Mike Rizzo that he would like to be traded according to an email he sent to the media, including Amanda Comak of The Washington Times (Twitter link). The left-hander was recently optioned to Triple-A despite his $5MM salary.

"I believe that I belong in a big league rotation," said Lannan in an email according to Comak (on Twitter). The club's fifth starter job went to Ross Detwiler in the wake of Chien-Ming Wang's hamstring injury. A number of teams expressed interest in acquiring Lannan last month, but Rizzo held on to him while insisting for fair value in return. The Nationals are under no obligation to satisfy his request.


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82 Comments on "John Lannan Requests Trade"


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notsureifsrs
3 years 3 months ago

not a lannan fan and i don’t blame the nationals for optioning him, but i also don’t blame him at all for requesting a trade. 750 innings into your MLB career and coming off of a passable season, getting sent to the minors has to be pretty upsetting

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Lastings
3 years 3 months ago

Lannan became a victim of circumstance. You can’t send down Gonzalez, Jackson, Strasburg, and Zimmerman. Detwiler, with a good spring and no options has to get the last spot (useless in bullpen). Detwiler has more upside than Lannan, and there is no way he would clear waivers so they figured to try to trade Lannan before the start of the season. I think the only problem is that the Nationals were asking too much for Lannan, and therefore sent him to the minors because he has options remaining and Detwiler doesn’t. Plus, you need to look at it from the Nats view. They can retain a pretty good pitcher if no one meets their asking price.

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FS54
3 years 3 months ago

I would be upset too after being named a starter a week before. I wish Nationals had handled the situation differently.

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diesel2410
3 years 3 months ago

The Red Sox have probably already made a call to the Nats

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Fishing Bill
3 years 3 months ago

The Rockies need to JUMP on this guy. They have a BIG hole with a nearly 50 year old Moyer making their starting 5 and a iffy De La Rosa maybe not coming back until June/July if at all.

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diesel2410
3 years 3 months ago

You touch on a good point. How does Jamie Moyer have a spot in a rotation, but John Lannan does not. Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?

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Fishing Bill
3 years 3 months ago

Yeah, you know your rotation has holes when a guy half a century old gets a starting spot. The Rockies should be picking up the phone as I speak. They have plenty to offer in return as well. Eric Young Jr. should be up for grabs.

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diesel2410
3 years 3 months ago

I’m assuming you’re a Rockies fan. Do you guys have any shortstops or catchers that could be traded? We (Rays) have the pitching depth to possibly make something work

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FS54
3 years 3 months ago

Andrew Friedman at work!

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melonis_rex
3 years 3 months ago

Don’t they have Pomeranz, White, Outman, and Moscoso in AAA? Two high upside prospects and two serviceable MLB starters. 

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Snoochies8
3 years 3 months ago

This guy could be a perfect fit for oakland especially since braden’s setback. Oakland will need a “seriviceable” 4/5 starter after april 16th when they go back to a 5-man rotation

plus there are two types of pitchers the a’s seem to really like this year: hard throwing short righties and soft tossing lefties, lannan seems to fit the mold

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Kurisu Rg
3 years 3 months ago

 Outman are Moscoso are ONLY “serviceable MLB starters” over there in that run-suppressing cavern with no crowd to put pressure on you.

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EarlyMorningBoxscore
3 years 3 months ago

Still think he would help Boston’s rotation as a 4 or 5. 

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RVANatsMama
3 years 3 months ago

This whole situation just sucks. They had to know this would happen. I’m bummed for him and hope he gets his trade.

But, Detwiler deserves that spot.