March 21, 2012; Melbourne, FL, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher John Lannan (31) during the spring training game against the Atlanta Braves at Space Coast Stadium. Atlanta won 3-2 in 10 innings. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-US PRESSWIRE
The Los Angeles Dodgers and Colorado Rockies have had recent discussions with the Washington Nationals about left-hander John Lannan but are not close to a trade, sources have informed Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
Despite months of back and forth with prospective trade partners, the Nationals' asking price for Lannan is still high, reportedly asking the interested parties to both cover Lannan's remaining salary -- $3.5 million -- and give up one "legitimate player." While the Rockies have been turned off some by the asking price, the Dodgers are still in preliminary talks with the Nationals.
Prevalent in trade rumors since spring training and even more so since his demotion to Triple-A Syracuse at the start of the season, Lannan has not helped his cause much this year. The 27-year-old lefty has amassed a 5.63 ERA in 10 minor league starts and struck out only 4.5 batters per nine innings.
In his four full seasons with the Nationals, Lannan has a 4.00 ERA over an average of 179 innings a year, but has a troubling 1.45 SO/BB ratio.