After a solid 2011 season (10-13, 2.70 ERA in 33 starts), lefthander John Lannan lost his spot in the Washington Nationals rotation this spring and has been mentioned as trade bait ever since.
Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com reports that the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Colorado Rockies have had discussions with the Nationals re: Lannan, but major league sources say that no deal is imminent.
Lannan, 27, has struggled at Triple-A Syracuse, going 4-5 with a 5.63 ERA in 10 starts. He has about $3.5 million remaining on his $5 million salary for 2012. Rosenthal’s sources say the Nationals do not want to pay any portion of Lannan’s salary, and they want at least one legitimate player in return.