John Lannan was a good pitcher for the Washington Nationals, now he's a Phillie. There's a lot to like about a pitcher like John Lannan, I always liked him when he was with the Nats, but he wasn't as prominent on the Nationals team of last year, who with talent almost made it far into the playoffs. He's kind of a hold over from the bad Nationals team that we remember of the first few years of their existence, but that wasn't his fault.
Why did the Nationals let Lannan walk? That is what I asked myself first when I heard that the Phillies have picked him up for a 1 year contract. John is only 28 years old, and he's got a lot of game in him to play. He's plunked Phillies batters in the past, but I don't think he actually meant to hit them, but now he'll be a teammate and that's baseball.
The Nats let Lannan go after relegating him to the minors for much of the 2012 season. He didn't apparently fit in with the Nats rotation after a couple years of being their number 1 starter. He could be the kind of pitcher that the Phillies need in this rotation. Lannan's numbers don't really impress, but we must remember he was on some very shaky teams that the Nationals were fielding just a few years ago, it's unlikely that any pitcher would have looked too good with those types of teams behind them.
This signing almost reminds me of the time that the Phillies signed another bargain that they let slip away. That of course was the current free agent but former Cardinals pitcher, Kyle Lohse. Lohse just happened to go 16-3 with a 2.86 ERA last year. I remember when he was with the Phillies, he was only one of a few players that would be out signing autographs for the people who lined the railings to say hello and get an autograph.
The Phils also bring in a player named Mike Adams into the bullpen. Adams looks like a good candidate to fill the role of set-up man. The Texas Rangers passed on the chance to give Adams a multi-year deal and the Phils stepped in and offered up a 2 year deal for $12M. There were others involved in wanting to sign Adams, but he wanted to come to Philadelphia.
The last piece of the puzzle appears to be Cody Ross. Yes, the guy the fans loved to hate and for good reason. All he did was hit Phillies pitching, just about everytime he was up at bat. What else can we do now except to ask him to join us? We'll see how that works out, but the Phillies now appear set to get ready for contend when they do arrive down in Florida for Spring Training for 2013.