Lefty John Lannan has latched on with the Rockies on a minor league deal, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports. Lannan is one of a handful of players signed to minor league deals by the Rockies today, joining Brett Marshall, Justin Miller, and Jose Ortega.
Lannan, 30, spent most of the 2014 season in the Mets’ minor league system after starting the season in their bullpen. In 56 innings between Single-A St. Lucie and Triple-A Las Vegas, Lannan posted a 6.75 ERA with a 30/21 K/BB ratio. He suffered a quad injury and tore the patellar tendon in his left knee in 2013, when he was with the Phillies.
In today’s column for The Athletic, Ken Rosenthal reports that the Phillies are “shopping the hell” out of first baseman Carlos Santana, according to a rival executive. Doing so would allow the Phillies to move Rhys Hoskins back to first base and open up a spot in the outfield for free agent Bryce Harper, with whom the Phillies have been commonly connected.
Santana, 32, is coming off of a mediocre season in which he hit .229/.352/.414 with 24 home runs and 86 RBI in 679 plate appearances. His 1.7 WAR, per Baseball Reference, was his lowest output since 2015. He has $35 million remaining on his contract. The Phillies would presumably eat a significant portion of that $35 million in order to make a trade work.
If the Phillies can’t move Santana but still end up signing Harper, Santana could share third base with Maikel Franco and first with Hoskins. Right now, the Phillies have a glut of outfielders with Hoskins, Odúbel Herrera, Nick Williams, and Aaron Altherr. Hoskins rated among the worst outfielders defensively in 2018, so moving him back to first base is likely one of the Phillies’ bigger priorities.