Mets Sign John Lannan

TUESDAY: Lannan will make $1.5MM if he reaches the bigs, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post (via Twitter), and could earn an additional $2MM in incentives tied to innings pitched and games started. He can opt out on June 14 if he is not put on the MLB roster within 24 hours, Sherman adds.

SATURDAY: The Mets have signed lefty starting pitcher John Lannan to a minor-league deal with a spring training invitation, according to a team release. Lannan, who is represented by CAA Sports. He'll provide depth for the Mets' rotation.

Lannan posted a 5.33 ERA with 4.6 K/9 and 3.3 BB/9 in 74 1/3 innings for the Phillies in 2013. He would have been eligible for arbitration, but the Phillies outrighted him in October. The longtime Nationals pitcher has a 4.12 ERA with 4.7 K/9 and 3.4 BB/9 in 858 lifetime innings.


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36 Comments on "Mets Sign John Lannan"


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brian310
1 year 5 months ago

Solid move

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johnsilver
1 year 5 months ago

Thinking the 38YO Hideki Okajima would have been a better LHP sign. he generally gets guys out at least and does have an out pitch (splitter), rather than just a collection of mediocre, to below average.. There is a word for it..

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Scott
1 year 5 months ago

And how would a pitcher with zero career starts figure into the Mets’ decision here to increase ROTATION depth?

Lannan was signed for his starter potential. Okajima is not a alternate for that purpose.

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johnsilver
1 year 5 months ago

LHP, want a starter with an out pitch to get some body out? Matsuzaka. Lannan has the upside of Bazooka Joe, or Joe Blanton. He’s the equivalent of a AAAA body, no more and no less.

The only good thing is he’s in a massive pitcher friendly park.

It’s not a knock on the sign, as he’s nothing more than depth, but you can’t honestly count on this guy as a 4-5th SP and have hopes.

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rct
1 year 5 months ago

No one is ‘counting on’ Lannan. It’s purely a depth move. You were indeed knocking the sign and said that Okajima would have been a better one. Both pitchers are entirely different roles: Okajima has never started, Lannan has never relieved.

Probable best case scenario is Lannan filling a very small role if there are injuries, much like Matsuzaka and Harang did last year.

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Rob
1 year 5 months ago

If you mean Diasuke Matsuzaka, then he’s a RHP and the Mets have already signed him to a MiL deal.

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Ruben_Tomorrow
1 year 5 months ago

This was the inevitable for John Lannan at some point in his career. The Mets do need some bullpen arms. I’m a little surprised how quiet that has been for them.

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Joe Valenti
1 year 5 months ago

Seriously. I really hope that they add something to the back end of that bullpen. I’m not sure what the situation with Parnell will be (ie- will he be healthy enough to close the entire season) and I feel like I don’t want to rush Vic Black into high pressure situations. Getting an 8th inning guy who can be insurance to Parnell should be their top priority now (I am ok with Tejada and Davis/Duda). Bailey, Hanrahan, Dotel, Myers, O’Flaherty, or Madson could be good buy low options coming off injury. K-Rod would be more of a sure thing. Even Rodney could be an option if the Mets are willing to stretch their budget a little bit and his market has fallen to earth since it is late in the offseason. I would want at least one of these guys so that they have some trade bait at the deadline, whether it be them being traded or them taking Parnell’s place if he is traded

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Ruben_Tomorrow
1 year 5 months ago

It would be a tremendous mistake if they start guaranteeing roster spots to Scott Rice, Josh Edgin, Gonzalez Germen, and the like. Rice’s arm is going to literally fall off once spring training raps up, ending his season, and the others are highly unreliable. I liked the Reid pickup, but like Black he is not proven. I guess you can argue that since they don’t project to be a contender, they might as well see what they have.

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Blue387
1 year 5 months ago

What do you think of Eric O’Flaherty?

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Ruben_Tomorrow
1 year 5 months ago

I don’t know if the Mets are in a position to be tinkering with injury projects. I would like him, but I would see a contender signing O’Flaherty. Would I love to see him with the Mets? Of course, but I don’t see it happening. I’m annoyed about them overlooking Joe Smith. I think the Angels got him for a bargain considering the market.

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Joe Valenti
1 year 5 months ago

Why don’t you see them in the position? If anything, I feel like they are in the best position. If an injury project fails it’s not like they lose anything. They won’t be contending.

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bhambravesfan
1 year 5 months ago

Totally underrated but won’t be ready until May at best. He is a great setup man

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Joe Valenti
1 year 5 months ago

I don’t like the “see what you have” approach in the bullpen. I like it at SS and 1B, but historically, what you have in the BP one year isn’t necessarily going to translate to the next year. Bullpen’s are rarely strong all the way down to the 6th or 7th man so I have no issue “blocking” younger guys, knowing fully well that someone is bound to fail or get hurt and they will get their opportunity sometime in 2014

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AceRuby
1 year 5 months ago

I agree in the sense that the Mets do need a vet or two for the pen to stabilize it like Hawkins did for them last year and their are still plenty of guys out their for them to look at bringing in still.

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BigAl831
1 year 5 months ago

Completely disagree. Bullpens are complete crapshoots and the Mets have enough young arms to fill out the bullpen in 2014. I’d be okay with bringing in a Boggs type on a minor league deal but other than that….pass.

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Joe Valenti
1 year 5 months ago

2 of the Mets past 3 closers have been minor league deals (Isringhausen after K-Rod was traded and Hawkins when Parnell went down). I don’t see the bullpen as somewhere where you worry about development or youth unless you have a future closer/back end guy (so maybe Vic Black is my exception but that still is 1 of 6 spots).

The moves I suggested were in hopes that they regain form and can be flipped for a A or Rookie ball prospect. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy with the arms they have in the bullpen, but I think having one or two guys who might draw interest at the trade deadline could be valuable. A guy like Madson, who hasn’t pitched in 2 years, could probably be had on a minor league deal and ST invite. Why not give that a shot?

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Tommets
1 year 5 months ago

Love this sign

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Natsfan89
1 year 5 months ago

A wild Lanimal appears!

Mets use performance-based incentives. It’s super effective!

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Sampsonite168
1 year 5 months ago

I look forward to being told that he grew up on Long Island no less than 150 times when he makes his first start.

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Captain America
1 year 5 months ago

Chaminade HS