John Lannan could hardly beat the Philadelphia Phillies, so he joined them.
Lannan signed a $2.5 million, one-year contract on Tuesday, adding depth to a rotation that lost starter Vance Worley when he was traded away.
The 28-year-old Lannan was 4-1 with a 4.13 ERA in six starts for the NL East-champion Washington Nationals this year. He also made 24 starts for Triple-A Syracuse, going 9-11 with a 4.30 ERA.
Lannan, the only Siena College player to ever reach the majors, is fourth on Siena’s all-time victory list with 17. He won 10 games in 2005 and is sixth on the all-time strikeout list with 165. He was selected in the 11th round of the 2005 MLB draft by the Nationals.
Lannan struggled against the Phillies over the years. He was 3-13 with a 5.53 ERA against them, including a 6.49 ERA in eight career starts at Citizens Bank Park.
“I think it’s more me not executing,” Lannan said. “That’s what it comes down to, and it’s against really good Philly lineups. So I think it comes down to me executing pitches. It doesn’t really matter where you’re pitching. This park is smaller. You’ve just got to execute your pitches.”
Lannan’s deal includes performance incentives. He gets $200,000 each for 150, 160, 170, 180 and 190 innings, $250,000 each for 200 and 210 innings and $250,000 for 31-34 starts.
Overall, Lannan was 42-52 with a 4.01 ERA in 134 games — all starts — in six seasons for Washington. Worley was dealt to Minnesota along with minor-league righty Trevor May for center fielder Ben Revere.
“It’s a great opportunity,” Lannan said. “I feel like the Phillies have a great shot of winning the NL East and going to the World Series.”