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Phillies agree to sign John Lannan to one-year, $2.5 million deal

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer
Lannan is moving from D.C. to Philly this offseason. (Getty Images)

The Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to sign free-agent left-handed starting pitcher John Lannan to a one-year deal worth $2.5 million, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. The deal is pending a physical and gives Lannan the chance to earn up to $2.5 million more in incentives.

Lannan, 28, spent most of last season in Triple-A after having been in the Nationals' rotation from 2008-11. He did get six starts with the big-league club in the form of two spot starts and then four in September when he took over for innings-limit casualty Stephen Strasburg.

In those six starts, Lannan went 4-1 with a 4.13 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 17 strikeouts in 32 2/3 innings. For his career, Lannan is 42-52 with a 4.01 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 410 strikeouts in 783 2/3 innings.

The Phillies have an obvious top three in the rotation in Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels. Lannan, Kyle Kendrick and Tyler Cloyd would then be the three men in line behind the big three, with Lannan and Kendrick likely to round out the rotation when everyone is healthy.

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