ATLANTA - AUGUST 31: John Lannan #31 of the Washington Nationals relaxes in the dugout during the game against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on August 31, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
The Chicago Cubs have inquired about Nationals left-hander John Lannan, a source has informed Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times.
In addition to Lannan, the Cubs also expressed interest in former Cub Tom Gorzelanny and talked of outfielder Marlon Byrd as a possible trading chip, according to the source.
The 27-year-old Lannan formally requested a trade earlier this week by emailing members of the media after the Nationals sent him to their Triple-A affiliate in New Orleans to begin the season.
Expected to be their No. 5 starter until Chien-Ming Wang returns from injury, Lannan was dropped to the minors in favor of fellow lefty Ross Detwiler.
Despite Lannan's evident unhappiness with the club, Manager Davey Johnson told Wittenmyer that the club did not plan on trading him.
Cubs interested in Nationals lefty John Lannan | Chicago Sun-Times
Still on the lookout for pitching help in particular, the Cubs, according to a major-league source, inquired again about Washington Nationals left-hander John Lannan, who asked for a trade after being sent to the minors this week when he lost the Nats’ fifth-starter job to Ross Detwiler.