Nats sign John Lannan to minor league deal (updated)

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - The Nationals have signed John Lannan, who pitched for the team from 2007-12, to a minor league contract.

John-Lannan2.jpgLannan last pitched in the majors for the Mets in 2014 and spent last season at Triple-A Omaha, the top Royals affiliate, where he went 7-8 with a 5.24 ERA in 25 games (19 starts).

His deal does not include an invitation to major league camp.

The 32-year-old Lannan was an 11th-round choice of the Nationals in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft out of Siena. He debuted in the majors two seasons later, going 2-2 in six starts.

In six seasons with Washington, Lannan went 42-52 with a 4.01 ERA in 134 games, all starts. Lannan was the Nationals’ opening day starter in 2009 and 2010.

Update: Lannan wants to reinvent himself as a sidewinding left-hander working out of the bullpen, according to a source.

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