Nats not shopping Lannan
Rizzo has gotten several calls on left-hander John Lannan, but he said Wednesday he hasn’t been peddling the 27-year-old. The Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers are among teams rumored to be monitoring Lannan this spring.
“I am not actively shopping him,” Rizzo said. “I haven’t actively shopped him all winter.”
If things remain as is with the Nationals’ pitching staff, Lannan may be the odd man out in a roster crunch as the season nears. Chien-ming Wang, who has performed well this spring, appears to be the leader for the fifth starter spot.
Lannan, who finished 2011 with a 3.70 ERA in 1842/ innings, is under team control through 2014 and has a minor league option remaining on his contract, though he will make $5 million this season.
At this point, the Nationals feel no pressure to move him and are looking for at least a comparable major league return or an above-average prospect.
“I wouldn’t say there’s a lot of interest,” Rizzo said. “In the baseball annals, the word gets out and people do the math and they see we have too many starters for too many spots. But again, this is way too early to say that we have too much starting pitching.” Jersey, missed him when he was gone.
“It feels good, especially after the last month going up three, four times, knowing you’re going to be here and knowing you’re part of this team now,” Aucoin said. “You feel more a part of the team that you’re going to be here. I feel like I’ve been helping out the last few weeks, which was huge.”
Since he has reached 10 games with the Caps this season, they must put him on waivers to send him back to the Bears.
Fat chance that’s going to happen, given his value at both levels of the organization.
Generously listed at 5-foot-9, Aucoin might hit that mark on skates. Maybe. But teammates and coaches see the natural talent that allows him to play allows him to trick opponents into thinking they can give him more space.
And though he doesn’t possess burning speed like Perreault or Marcus Johansson, Aucoin finds ways to compensate for a height disadvantage.
“He doesn’t look that fast, but he’s quicker than we think. He’s so smart that he makes everything easy on himself,” Perreault said. “That makes up for maybe not being as fast as me or [Johansson], but he’s still a fast player. You don’t notice him, but he’s really quick.”
Now, Aucoin is quickly carving out a niche with the Caps, and doing so with Maureen, Brayden and Jersey in town after they moved from Hershey.
“To share it with them both being here is a lot of fun,” Aucoin said. “We’re going to enjoy it as long as we can.”