Trade market for Lannan remains unclear

Trade market for Lannan remains unclear

Trade market for Lannan remains unclear
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- One American League executive believes the Nationals will not get much in return for left-hander John Lannan in a trade because he is not considered one of the top pitchers in baseball.

According to the executive, there are some teams who are not willing to take on Lannan's $5 million salary.

"I wouldn't trade a premier center fielder for him. Maybe a backup center fielder," the executive said.

Lannan has been rumored to be on the trade block ever since the Nationals signed free-agent Edwin Jackson to a one-year deal in February.

General manager Mike Rizzo said early Wednesday that he is not actively trying to trade Lannan.

"The reports are coming from the media," Rizzo said. "We are not actively shopping John Lannan. I'm receiving calls about him. We are going to be open-minded about it. If a trade helps our ballclub in the present and in the future, we'll certainly consider it. We are not going to make a trade for the sake of making a trade."