The Baltimore Orioles, Chicago Cubs, Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros have all contacted the Washington Nationals about the availability of John Lannan, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.
Despite the level of interest in the left-hander, the Washington Nationals are not inclined to make a move.
General manager Mike Rizzo was very straightforward when asked his position on Lannan:
"We haven't changed one bit. We're not looking to trade him. We haven't solicited any trades, but we have fielded some calls. We feel he's a solid major-league starting pitcher. But we feel we have five guys who are better than him. At the same time, we feel he can help us at some point this year."
His $5 million salary seems to be a hold-up in potential talks, as most teams are unwilling to commit that much money to a potential fifth starter—especially if they also have to give up a mid-level prospect.
The Tigers would seem to be the best fit at this point. With Doug Fister on the disabled list and Duane Below taking his place, the Tigers could make use of the veteran lefty.
Although they've called the Nationals, they don't seem to eager to make a deal.
The Cubs also seemed like a fit for much of the past week, as rumors were floating around about a potential Marlon Byrd-for-Lannan swap.
That potential deal seems to be losing steam as the days go on, though.
The Red Sox were also in talks regarding the Nationals, but concluded that "...what they had was every bit as good as Lannan, and they were reluctant to give up a top prospect." (via Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe).
Rizzo continued on to say this about Lannan, "We're going to make a good prudent baseball trade or we'll just keep him. He's helped us in the past, and we feel he will help us in the future."
It seems as if the Nationals are determined to not make a deal, but we'll have to see if another team is willing to entice them in the coming weeks.
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