ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (CBSDC/AP) The Washington Nationals have defeated pitcher John Lannan in baseball’s first salary arbitration decision this year.
The left-hander will receive the club’s offer of $5 million rather than his request for $5.7 million, a three-person panel ruled Thursday.
Arbitrators Robert Herzog, Elizabeth Neumeier and John Skonier made the decision a day after hearing arguments.
However, rumors today have the Nats looking to trade Lannan for a position player so they can free up room to sign pitcher Edwin Jackson. Sports Illustrated’s John Hayman is reporting that the Nats have already reached an agreement with Jackson.
Lannan was 10-13 with a 3.70 ERA in 33 starts last season, when he made $2.75 million.
Washington has won four straight arbitration hearings, also defeating Brian Bruney (2010), Sean Burnett (2010) and Felipe Lopez (2008) since losing to Chad Cordero in 2007.
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