The Washington Nationals, who bolstered the starting rotation this offseason by trading for Gio Gonzalez and signing Edwin Jackson, have been trying to move ex-rotation cog John Lannan for quite some time. They've been unable to find a suitor thus far, but according to Fox's Ken Rosenthal, the Colorado Rockies have recently discussed with the Nationals exactly what it would take to acquire the hurler.
According to Rosenthal, the Nationals are looking to get "at least one legitimate player" and are also expecting the team that receives Lannan to pick up the $3.5 million that he is owed for the rest of this year. So far, that has proved to be too steep of a price for the rest of baseball (including the Los Angeles Dodgers, who have also talked with Washington).
The Rockies, though, may be in desperate need of a major league-ready starter after releasing Jamie Moyer and discussing the possibility of bringing Jeff Francis back to Colorado. In 10 starts in Triple-A this season, Lannan is 4-5 with a 5.63 ERA.
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