Shortly after signing reliever Mike Adams the Phillies struck quickly on the free agent starting pitching market, inking former Washington National John Lannan to a one-year deal, according to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com.
Lannan, 28, will get $2.5 million guaranteed with performance bonuses that could push the total figure to $5 million, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.
On Phillies Nation TV, Lannan made our list as one of the most hated rivals of the Phillies for all the times he plunked Chase Utley and Ryan Howard. Now, he joins them on a cheap contract. Just a few days ago, Ruben Amaro said he wanted a low-risk, high-reward type of starting pitcher after losing Vance Worley to the Twins in the Ben Revere trade. This certainly constitutes as such a move.
Lannan is by no means a great pitcher, but has the ability to adequately fill out a rotation. Throughout his career, he’s had a penchant for walks and doesn’t strike many guys out. His 1.39 K/BB ratio is pretty bad, however, as our own Ryan Dinger pointed out on twitter, his ERA+ (103) is better than both Joe Blanton (96) and Kyle Kendrick (97). They’ll look for Lannan to be an innings eater as a fifth-starter.