In reaction to the news of his being optioned to the minors, John Lannan has requested a trade according to the Washington Post’s Adam Kilgore. In a statement to the media, Lannan said: “I believe that I belong in a big-league rotation. I am a proven major-league starting pitcher with a track record of success… I let Mike know that I believe a trade would be the best solution for everyone in both the short and long term.” The team now faces a tough choice: they likely cannot reneg on their decision and put Lannan back in the rotation, as the bad blood the demotion created will be very difficult to get rid of. However, to satisfy his demand would leave the team’s rotation dangerously thin, especially with Chien-Ming Wang’s tenuous health. Additionally, the return in a trade would likely be negligible, because once a player has requested a trade, the team unloading him loses the leverage they need to get a good return for him. Trading Lannan would not be the wisest course of action, but the team’s hand may be forced.