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Phillies Officially Sign Starting Pitcher John Lannan

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Phillies have officially announced the signing of right-handed starting pitcher John Lannan.

Lannan’s contract is for one year, and worth $2.5 million and includes performance bonuses.

Lannan, 28, went 4-1 with a 4.13 ERA in six starts for the Washington Nationals last season.  He also made 24 starts for triple-A Syracuse, going 9-11, 4.30 ERA in 148.2 innings.  Since the beginning of the 2011 season, Lannan is 13-13 with a 3.77 ERA in 39 major league starts..

“Clearly we have a familiarity with John and his past performance and success in this division helps us add depth to our rotation,” Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro said in a statement.

Lannan will be the fourth or fifth starter in the Phillies rotation, joining Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, and Kyle Kendrick.

Phillies fans may remember Lannan best for breaking a bone in Chase Ultey’s hand with a pitch back in 2007.

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