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Nats have talked to 20 teams about Lannan

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08:23 AM ET 04.05 | Nationals lefty John Lannan entered spring training on shaky ground in a crowded rotation, and now his future with the organization is in question after asking to be traded. The Nationals have tried hard to trade Lannan since the Winter Meetings last December. According to a baseball source, members of the Nats' front office believe that Lannan has reached his peak as a pitcher. According to another baseball source, the club has talked to at least 20 teams about Lannan. The Nationals have had conversations with the Angels, Orioles, Red Sox and Tigers. The Nats, who want prospects or bench players in return, have not come close to making a deal for Lannan. A lot of teams do not want to deal with Lannan's $5 million salary.

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April 5, 2012  08:47 AM ET

I have a hard time believing that his $5 million salary is making it prohibitive to make a transaction
with another team. It's probably more a matter of what the Nats are asking for in compensation value.

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April 5, 2012  09:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I have a hard time believing that his $5 million salary is making it prohibitive to make a transactionwith another team. It's probably more a matter of what the Nats are asking for in compensation value.

Agreed....although, for us in Boston, 5 million appears to be a line of demarcation...all of a sudden, 5 million takes on the appearance of 20 million ...ironic considering the amount of money the Sox paid to get rid of players...Lannan is a lefty, a sure fire ticket to get picked up by somebody...

April 5, 2012  10:08 AM ET

Yeah, they don't want to pay 5 million...for this guy.

April 5, 2012  11:08 AM ET

Trading excess pitching has a way of coming back to bite you on backside. Nats have a gaping need in CF and need another power hitter. One or the other should be the return in any trade and if the don't get it, they should be more than happy to call Lannan up from Syracuse when the inevitable happens to one of their starters.

April 5, 2012  11:09 AM ET

Get him O's, could probably be our #2. Poor guy probably wants to be traded to a contender; nothing like going down instead of up.

April 5, 2012  11:11 AM ET

I would guess the teams that could use him most are teams that aren't very deep in the rotation, and therefore probably aren't too deep in the wallet, either. So, $5 million for a very average back end of the rotation type of guy is pretty steep. Washington probably has to eat some of that salary to trade him.

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April 5, 2012  12:32 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I have a hard time believing that his $5 million salary is making it prohibitive to make a transactionwith another team. It's probably more a matter of what the Nats are asking for in compensation value.

I think there's something deeper with this guy that we're not privy to.

April 5, 2012  12:53 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I have a hard time believing that his $5 million salary is making it prohibitive to make a transactionwith another team. It's probably more a matter of what the Nats are asking for in compensation value.

the nationals could had made the trade with the halos, and who would go to the nationals,,, the OF abreu, as far as i know, the nationals have a need for a an OF, and abreu would fit just fine!!!

April 5, 2012  12:57 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Trading excess pitching has a way of coming back to bite you on backside. Nats have a gaping need in CF and need another power hitter. One or the other should be the return in any trade and if the don't get it, they should be more than happy to call Lannan up from Syracuse when the inevitable happens to one of their starters.

appears to be the opposite from this thought, the nationals would like to get back those 5 millions, not that lannan doesn't know how to pitch, its just that the team preferes some young talent at the bench!!!

April 5, 2012  12:59 PM ET

lannan would fit perfectly in the halos rotation, but, the question its could the nationals take abreu as a trade bite???

April 5, 2012  03:48 PM ET
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the nationals could had made the trade with the halos, and who would go to the nationals,,, the OF abreu, as far as i know, the nationals have a need for a an OF, and abreu would fit just fine!!!

Not a good fit at all. The Nats have the corner OF spots covered. CF is what they need and the last Abreu played CF, his mommy packed him a lunch for the game.

April 5, 2012  03:48 PM ET

Nats need a CF. They'd take Trout or Bourjos. Abreu? Not a chance.

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April 6, 2012  12:23 AM ET

Another lefty on the Mets squad and the chance of getting back at these overrated Nationals sounds pretty cool

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