Mets Sign John Lannan to Minor League Deal

The Mets have signed LHP John Lannan to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training, where he will compete for the team’s 5th starter spot.

Aug 14, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher John Lannan (27) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the second inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The Long Beach, NY native went 3-6 with a 5.33 ERA in 14 starts with the Phillies last year, before his season-ending surgery to repair a partially torn tendon in his knee.

Lannan previously spent six seasons in the Washington Nationals organization. His best year was in 2011, where he won 10 games and pitched to a 3.70 ERA with 106 strikeouts in 184.2 innings. 

Thoughts:

With the loss of Matt Harvey, the Mets looked to increase the depth of their starting pitching this offseason and have done so with the signing of Lannan. As a veteran, he brings experience to a fairly young staff. In addition, the signing potentially adds another southpaw to the rotation to accompany Jon Niese.

 

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