When the Phillies run to glory began during the 2007 season, there was an afternoon in July that many thought might derail it.
Chase Utley took a pitch off the knuckles, breaking a bone in his hand. That left him out of action for a month. Right after Utley was hit, Ryan Howard was hit in the back.
That was the end of John Lannan’s major-league debut.
Now, perhaps Lannan’s career to this point has come full circle.
Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly is reporting that the Phillies and Lannan have a deal also pending a physical. Jon Heyman reports the deal is for one year and worth a guaranteed $2.5 million with up to another $2.5 million in incentives.
Lannan went 4-1 with a 4.13 ERA in six starts for the Nationals last season.
Lannan is likely the Phillies pick for the fifth starter option, something the Phillies were going to try to get a veteran pitcher to fill. Lannan would enter his seventh major-league season in 2013 after spending his entire career with the Nationals.
If this move does indeed fill the fifth starter spot or at least provide some competition for Tyler Cloyd, then all that would remain on the Phillies offseason list would be another corner outfielder. Nick Swisher, Cody Ross and Alfonso Soriano remain the leading candidates for the Phillies.