A three-judge panel ruled against John Lannan today in his salary arbitration case against the Nationals, determining the left-hander deserves to earn 5 million this season.
One day after appearing before the panel in a hearing in St. Petersburg, Fla., Lannan learned he had lost his case. He had been seeking a 5.7 million salary.
That would have represented a 107 percent raise for Lannan, who made 2.75 million last season. In the end, the judges still awarded the 27-year-old an 82 percent raise based on his stats over several seasons and how comparable pitchers were paid themselves.
Lannan went 10-13 with a 3.70 ERA in 2011, setting or matching career-bests in wins, ERA and starts (33). Over four-plus seasons with the Nationals, the former 11th-round draft pick is 38-51 with a 4.00 ERA.
Washington's Opening Day starter in both 2009 and 2010, Lannan is no longer guaranteed a rotation spot come April. He'll be competing with right-hander Chien-Ming Wang and lefty Ross Detwiler for the two open jobs in the Nationals' rotation behind Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmermann.