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John Lannan, Taylor Teagarden, Omar Quintanilla elect free agency

By Danny Abriano
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LHP John Lannan, C Taylor Teagarden, and SS Omar Quintanilla, all of whom were bit players for the Mets in 2014 and spent large portions of the year in Triple-A Las Vegas, have each elected free agency.

Neither Lannan, Teagarden, or Quintanilla were on the Mets’ 40-man roster.

Lannan, 29, appeared in five games out of the bullpen for the Mets in April, posting an ERA of 15.75. After being demoted to Triple-A, Lannan didn’t report due to a personal issue. He eventually made six starts apiece for High-A St. Lucie and Triple-A Las Vegas during the second half of the season.

Teagarden, 30, hit .143 in 28 at-bats for the Mets in 2014.

Quintanilla, 32, hit .207 in 31 plate appearances with the Mets in 2014.

Thoughts:

Lannan, Teagarden, and Quintanilla were depth pieces heading into 2014, with Lannan severely miscast as a second lefty out of the bullpen early on.

None of the three is expected to be back with the Mets in 2015, either at the major league level or in Triple-A Las Vegas.

The Mets should be set up the middle in Las Vegas, with Matt Reynolds and perhaps Dilson Herrera expected to open the year there.

As far as catcher, the Mets will likely have Kevin Plawecki and Juan Centeno as the backstops for Triple-A heading into 2015.

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