Despite coming to an agreement on one year contracts with four of their arbitration eligible players, the Washington Nationals will end up having hearings for the two remaining players – John Lannan and Michael Morse. The team and the two players submitted figures midday Wednesday, though hearings won’t take place until early February.
According to MLB Trade Rumors, Lannan submitted a figure of $5.7 Million and the team submitted $5 Million. Morse submitted $5 Million and the team $3.5 Million. Once arbitration reaches an actual hearing, an arbitrator will decide which of the two figures the player will earn for the upcoming season.
Lannan’s role remains unclear for the 2012 Nationals. He’ll head into Spring Training and complete for a spot in the starting rotation with Chien-Ming Wang and Ross Detwiler. Morse seems destined to start in left field, barring a sudden change to the team’s plans at first base.