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Mets sign John Lannan

Jan 18, 2014, 5:24 PM EDT

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The Mets secured some rotation depth this afternoon by signing left-hander John Lannan to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Lannan struggled with the Phillies last season, posting a 5.33 ERA in 14 starts while dealing with a quad injury and a knee injury which required surgery. The 29-year-old Long Island native spent most of 2012 in the minors, as there was no room for him in the Nationals’ rotation, but he owns a 4.12 ERA over 148 starts in the majors.

As of now, the Mets project to begin the season with Jon Niese, Bartolo Colon, Dillon Gee, Zack Wheeler and Jenrry Mejia in the starting rotation. Mejia is coming off elbow surgery and has struggled to stay healthy in recent years, so Lannan will provide the Mets with some veteran insurance.

  1. nymets4ever - Jan 18, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    Whoa, Quintanilla and now Lannan…come on Sandy, be nice. Save some blockbuster moves for the other teams.

  2. NYTolstoy - Jan 18, 2014 at 5:43 PM

    Contact pitcher plus big ball park. Not a bad sign especially as a #5 guy IF needed. Say what you want NYMETS4EVER. but it’s a solid depth move to an already sturdy rotation.

  3. bleedgreen - Jan 18, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    He wasn’t bad for the Phils when he was healthy. He was good for 5-6 good innings. If you left him in too long, he’d implode, though. Good depth signing.

  4. eagles512 - Jan 19, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    He’ll give you a couple solid starts and then get rocked in the next. But for a #5, you can live with it.

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