WASHINGTON -- With Chad Tracy expected to be out six to eight weeks because of a right abductor strain, the Nationals are looking for a bat to acquire for the bench, according to a baseball source. They want that position player to be able to play the corner infield and outfield spots.
The source said that the Nationals are willing to trade left-hander John Lannan for that bat, but the team has made it clear it is not willing to eat Lannan's $5 million salary to make the trade.
Originally, the Nationals were willing to acquire prospects for Lannan, who is pitching for Triple-A Syracuse. Entering Friday, Lannan was 4-5 with a 5.62 ERA for the Chiefs.