John Lannan is still toiling away with the Nationals’ Triple-A affiliate, but he isn’t a forgotten man.
According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Dodgers and Rockies have had recent discussions with the Nationals about a possible trade for the left-hander. However, a deal is not considered close.
The Rockies “kicked the tires” on Lannan and were turned off by the price while talks between the Nats and Dodgers were only preliminary. And it’s easy to understand why talks have failed to progress. Rosenthal hears that the Nationals want the acquiring team to cover the remainder of Lannan’s salary for this season (a little less than $3.5 million) and give up at least one legitimate player.
It’s highly unlikely the Nationals will find a team who will meet their demands, especially with Lannan posting an ugly 5.63 ERA and 28/22 K/BB ratio over 10 starts at the Triple-A level.
UPDATE: Lannan allowed one run in a complete game victory this evening. Get on the horn, Mike Rizzo!
Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.
Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.
With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.
Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.
Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.
Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.
“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”
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