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.
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.
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.