John Lannan (Photo courtesy Washington Nationals Baseball Club)
Dec. 16, 2012
Siena Hall of Famer John Lannan '06 has agreed to a one-year $2.5 million dollar deal with the Philadelphia Phillies that could pay him up to $5 million dollars based on incentives and bonuses, according to several published reports.
Lannan, 28, pitched for the Washington Nationals for the past six seasons. He was drafted by Washington in the 11th round of the 2005 Major League Baseball First Year Players Draft after setting a Siena record with 10 victories as a junior.
Lannan has started more games, 134, than any other pitcher since the Nationals moved to Washington in 2005, and trails only Livan Hernandez in wins and strikeouts. Now he's headed to the rival Phillies.
Last season, Lannan spent most of the year in AAA Syracuse, but still made major contributions to the Nationals' pennant run in limited opportunities. He went 4-1 in six big league starts, including a victory in what many considered Washington's most important game of the season. On July 21, with the Nationals stuck in a five-game losing streak, Lannan shut down hard-charging Atlanta in the backend of a doubleheader, allowing just two runs over seven innings.
Lannan owns a 42-52 record and a 4.01 ERA in his six major league seasons. He has struck out 410 batters in 783.2 innings of work, and walked only 296.
Lannan is one of four former Siena student athletes to appear in a major league game. The others are: Billy Harrell (Cleveland 1955, 57-58 and Boston 1961), Gary Holle (Texas 1979) and Tim Christman (Colorado 2001).