12/18/12 2:00 PM ET
Phillies finalize one-year deal with Lannan
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
On Saturday, the Phils agreed to terms with right-hander Mike Adams to be their setup man and left-hander John Lannan to be their fifth starter. CSNPhilly.com first reported the Lannan deal, which was finalized on Tuesday afternoon. CBS Sports reported Lannan has agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million contract.
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. recently said the club was looking for a low-risk, high-reward starter to replace Vance Worley, whom Philadelphia shipped to Minnesota in the Ben Revere trade. Lannan seems to fit the bill.
Lannan, 28, is 42-52 with a 4.01 ERA in 134 starts in his career, which he has spent entirely with the Nationals. But Lannan, who has started twice for the Nats on Opening Day, became expendable in a stacked Washington rotation.
Lannan is a ground-ball pitcher, which could help him at Citizens Bank Park, although he has a 6.49 ERA in eight career starts in Philadelphia.
But the Phillies wanted a veteran presence to fill out the back of the rotation, which includes Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels and Kyle Kendrick.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.