Washington Nationals left-hander John Lannan has a pair of teams interested in his services, says Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. According to a Tweet on Monday, March 19, the Boston Red Sox and the Detroit Tigers are the two teams "most serious" about acquiring Lannan from Washington.
Still hear #Tigers, #RedSox most serious on Lannan. Two issues: #Nationals' desire to clear Lannan's entire $5M and LHP's blah spring. #MLB— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 19, 2012
Mike Rizzo denied the team's interest in trading Lannan prior to the start of spring training; however, a so-so spring from the lefty with hefty contract could have them re-thinking that position.
Trading Lannan would clear $5 million in salary from the books.
Lannan has allowed 14 hits and seven earned runs in nine innings of work this spring. Opposing batters are hitting .378 against him, and he has a 1.89 WHIP, second-worst of any pitcher on the team this spring.
Lannan is likely to break camp with the Nationals in a bullpen role.
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