Lannan agreed to a minor league deal with the Nationals on Tuesday, Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post reports. He pitched with Washington from 2007-12 and was its Opening Day starter in 2009 and 2010, but he likely won't get another chance to pitch for the Nats anytime soon. The deal doesn't include an invite to big league camp and Lannan hasn't pitched in the majors since 2014, so it seems this is strictly an organizational depth signing.
Lannan gave up two earned runs over five innings while allowing three hits, three walks, and striking out three in Triple-A Omaha's win over New Orleans on Friday. Lannan had a decent spring, posting a 4.69 ERA over 7.2 innings while striking out six. The 31-year-old left hander spent plenty of time in the majors early in his career which even included a 206.1 inning season with Washington in 2009. Given his extended time playing in the majors, he is likely to be a leading candidate to receive a promotion to the majors if one of the Royals rotation members goes down with an injury.
Lannan signed a minor-league contract with the Royals, Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports. Lannan has 148 big-league starts to his name, but none of those have come since 2013, and he spent all of last season with Triple-A Albuquerque in the Rockies organization. After posting a 5.39 ERA, 1.64 WHIP and 4.9 K/9 for Albuquerque, the 31-year-old lefty will be a long shot to make the Royals' major-league squad out of spring training.
The Rockies optioned three players and reassigned nine other to their minor league camp on Sunday. Optioned to the minors were RHP Chad Bettis, who is converting from relief to a starting pitcher. He didn't allow a run in five spring innings. "He's in a good place," manager Walt Weiss said, per the Denver Post. "There's some clarity in his role and what he needs to do. It was a positive camp for him." First baseman Ben Paulsen, who had a .108 spring average. "He hasn't had a great spring," Weiss said. "But that doesn't diminish what I think of the guy." LHP Chris Rusin, who had a 6.43 spring ERA. Reassigned to minor league camp were: LHP Kraig Sitton, LHP Aaron Laffey, LHP John Lannan, RHP Jair Jurrjens, RHP Brett Marshall, catcher Audry Perez, infielders Trevor Story and Omar Quintanilla, and outfielder Roger Bernadina.
The Rockies have signed left-handed pitcher John Lannan, right-handed pitcher Justin Miller and catcher Audry Perez to minor-league contracts. Each of the players also received an invitation to the team's spring training. Lannan made five appearances in 2014 with the Mets, going 1-0 with a 15.75 ERA. He was also a member of the Nationals from 2007-2012, where in 2009 he threw 206 1/3 innings, going 9-13. Miller made eight appearances for the Tigers in 2014, posting a 5.11 ERA with five strikeouts while Perez appeared in just one game last year with the Cardinals.
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