John Lannan now a FA after refusing assignment

Aug 14, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher John Lannan (27) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the second inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

According to Danny Knobler of CBS Sports, left-hander John Lannan is now a free agent after refusing the Philies’ outright assignment to the minor leagues.

Lannan, 29, went 3-6 this year with Philadelphia with a 5.33 earned run average in 14 starts. His 10.4 hits per nine innings pitched was the second-highest mark of his career, and marked a major struggle for the southpaw in 2013. He simply didn’t miss many bats.

He broke onto the scene in 2007 as a 22-year old with the Washington Nationals and became a very reliable middle-of-the-rotation arm for the club, with his best season coming in 2011, when he went 10-13 with a 3.70 ERA in 33 starts – a career high.

With Lannan out of the picture, the Phillies rotation still looks like a strength entering 2014, given Roy Halladay returns to his former self. Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee combine for one of the best 1-2 punches in the National League, and are followed by Halladay, Kyle Kendrick and Ethan Martin.

Skipper Ryne Sandberg has his hands full returning this team to the top of the National League East, but a strong performance by the rotation – even without Lannan – will be a major part of that success.

Topics: John Lannan, MLB, MLB Free Agency, Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Nationals

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