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Another John Lannan trade rumor

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Another John Lannan trade rumor

While the Nationals just did some shuffling with their pitching staff, they may be looking to make another move via trade. ESPN's Buster Olney has reported the Nats are looking to acquire a veteran relief pitcher and that starter John Lannan could be the player they send in return.

Olney Tweeted this on Sunday:
The Nationals are actively seeking a veteran relief pitcher, and are dangling demoted starter John Lannan as possible trade bait. Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) May 27, 2012
Lannan has been discussed in many trade rumors this season after his demotion to Triple-A Syracuse. The Nationals chose Ross Detwiler to fill in for Chien-Ming Wang as their fifth starter even though many had expected Lannan to get the call.

Lannan posted a 3.70 ERA in 184.2 innings last season and seemed to prove his worth as a major league pitcher. It was his third season of the last four in which he held a sub-4.00 ERA and threw at least 180 innings.

The five-year veteran is pitching at Syracuse now and continues to struggle with a 6.12 ERA through nine starts. He is 3-5 in Triple-A this year with 34 earned runs in 50.0 innings pitched. Opponents in the International League have hit .327 off the lefty, not a good sign for his tradability. Keep in mind Lannan is also making 5 million this season.

After his demotion in April, Lannan told reporters he had requested a trade from the Nationals. He still remains with the team, but according to this recent report it appears they would still like to move him in a trade.

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Soto, Harper homer in Nats' win over Padres

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Soto, Harper homer in Nats' win over Padres

WASHINGTON -- Juan Soto, the youngest player in the majors at 19, hit a three-run homer in his first career start as the Washington Nationals defeated the San Diego Padres 10-2 on Monday.

Mark Reynolds had two solo home runs for the Nationals, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Bryce Harper had a homer and an RBI double.

Soto's drive highlighted a five-run second inning for Washington. The promising outfielder, who played for three minor league teams this season, hit the first pitch from Robbie Erlin (1-3) over the Nationals bullpen in left-center field. Soto also singled.

Soto's homer traveled an estimated 442 feet at Nationals Park. He earned a standing ovation from the crowd and the teenager responded by taking a curtain call. Per Baseball-Reference.com, Soto became the first teenager to hit a home run in a major league game since Harper on Sept. 30, 2012.

Called up to Washington on Sunday, Soto became the first 19-year-old to make his major league debut since Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias in 2016. He entered that game in the eighth inning as a pinch-hitter and struck out.

Washington's starting left fielder began the season at Class A Hagerstown. He hit a combined .362 with 14 homers and 52 RBIs in his three minor league stops.

Gio Gonzalez (5-2) allowed two runs and two hits in seven innings.

San Diego's Franmil Reyes, playing in his seventh career game, also hit his first career home run.

Trea Turner hit a pair of RBI doubles for Washington. Reynolds had three hits.

Erlin surrendered six runs and seven hits over four innings in his third start of the season. San Diego had won three in a row.

Reyes connected for a two-run homer in the fourth inning, but the Padres' lineup generated little else against Gonzalez, who allowed one run over six innings in a no-decision at San Diego on May 9.

2018 MLB POWER RANKINGS AND OTHER NATS NEWS:

- Rankings Update: Where does your team fall?
- Cause For Concern?: How worried should Nats fans be?
- Very Persuasive: How Rizzo convinced Reynolds to come to D.C.

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Juan Soto crushes a homer in the first at-bat of his first-ever start

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Juan Soto crushes a homer in the first at-bat of his first-ever start

Juan Soto, the highly-regarded 19-year-old Nationals' prospect, got his first major league start of his career tonight. 

How did it go, you ask? Surely it would take Soto - who was in Single-A less than two weeks ago - some time to adjust? 

What were you doing at 19??

2018 MLB POWER RANKINGS AND OTHER NATS NEWS:

- Rankings Update: Where does your team fall?
- Cause For Concern?: How worried should Nats fans be?
- Very Persuasive: How Rizzo convinced Reynolds to come to D.C.