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Nationals, John Lannan Have Arbitration Hearing, Decision To Come Thursday

The Washington Nationals and left-handed pitcher John Lannan had their arbitration hearing this morning, according to Bill Ladson of 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.