The Washington Nationals and left-handed pitcher John Lannan had their arbitration hearing this morning, according to Bill Ladson of MLB.com. The third-party salary arbitration panel is expected to give their decision on Thursday.
"Lannan and the Nats are $700,000 apart, according to The Associated Press. Lannan asked for $5.7 million, while the club offered $5 million. A decision by the three-person panel is expected Thursday, AP said."
Lannan, 27, arguably finished a career year last season with the Nationals. The southpaw posted a career best 3.70 ERA 184 2/3 innings of work (33 starts) along with a 5.2 K/9, 3.7 BB/9 and 54.1 groundball rate. The 27-year-old generated a career best 7.6% whiff rate, which certainly helped him find bounce back from a poor 2010 campaign.
- Pitcher John Lannan, Nationals have arbitration hearing | nationals.com: News
"Nationals left-hander John Lannan had his arbitration hearing in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Wednesday morning, two sources confirmed to MLB.com."