The Chicago Cubs are interested in acquiring disgruntled Washington Nationals left-handed starting pitcher John Lannan, according to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times. The Nationals optioned Lannan to Class AAA Syracuse right before the start of the season, prompting the lefty to ask Nats GM Mike Rizzo for a trade. Wittenmyer added to the trade rumors swirling around Lannan by reporting that the Cubs have inquired and would be willing to part with Marlon Byrd:
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.
The 27-year old Lannan made 128 starts for the Nationals over the last four seasons, and in 2012 he started 33 games while producing a 3.70 ERA and 0.9 Wins Above Replacement (rWAR), according to Baseball-Reference.com.
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