John Lannan

John Lannan comes home, ready to compete

Mets LHP John Lannan told MLB.com that he always wanted to sign with a New York team, since he grew up a Yankees fan going to Chaminade High School on Long Island.

Lannan is expected to compete with Daisuke Matsuzaka, Jenrry Mejia and others to be the team’s fifth-starter.

“The Mets told me that I’d go out and compete, and that’s what I plan on doing,” Lannan said.

In mid-January, the Mets signed Lannan to a minor-league contract with an invite to major league spring training. The deal can be worth $1.5 million if he makes the major league team with another $2 million available in incentives. He can opt-out of his contract if he’s not on the MLB team by June 15 (Sherman, Jan. 25).

In 14 starts with the Phillies in 2013, Lannan, 29, went 3-6 with a 5.33 ERA, allowing 86 hits and 27 walks with 38 strikeouts in 74 1/3 innings. He underwent knee surgery in late August and missed the remainder of the season.

Maggie Wiggin, Contributor

For his career, Lannan has put up solid fifth-starter type numbers. With a career 4.12 ERA and a 1.432 WHIP, he’s not blowing anyone away, but he showed consistency prior to his injury-plagued 2013. His strike out and walk rates are unimpressive, but he keeps the ball on the ground.

Overall, in his seven seasons Lannan has put up an ERA+ of 99 which is just a hair below the league average of 100 and is more than serviceable for the back of the rotation (Dillon Gee’s career ERA+, for comparison, is 95). He’s never pitched out of the bullpen, so his value as a long man is a big question mark. He should not be counted on for filling that role.  At 29, Lannan’s upside at this point is minimal, though lefties often develop slower than righties. When healthy, he can throw a lot of innings and give you league average numbers, a valuable asset for any team.

Ideally, he’ll be a great depth guy with the last spot in the rotation won definitively by a health Mejia, but the Mets could do much worse to round out their starting five in anticipated of Montero and Syndergaard.


Read More: Hoping to Land a Spot, Lannan Thrilled to be Home (MLB.com)

51 comments
B Rizos
B Rizos

lannan may be a decent option after all for the 5 spot

ponzies86
ponzies86

So im guessing before the season starts will hear the "Im coming home " with a image of Lannan in the background..

Chris Tricarico
Chris Tricarico

I have never made one comment about spelling or grammar on this website since I value it for its content. However, this post was made 12 hours ago and clearly nobody has edited it. Maggie, it's like three paragraphs. Please make sure your words at least make sense. It's as if you spoke what you wanted to say into your phone but never double checked it. I mean, come on! 

Aside from that I completely agree and value your opinion.

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

Hopefully he will do well.  Pitchers and catchers in about 3 weeks.  Hope springs eternal. 

flmetsfan
flmetsfan

Let's all get excited about a potential fifth starter.  Woo hoo!  Maggie, if you're going to be taken seriously, please don't think that every pitching prospect is going to be can't miss.

Chris Biehl
Chris Biehl

Come join the group: Born N Bred True met fan Nation

Chris Biehl
Chris Biehl

I really like this "scrap heap" signing

1metfan
1metfan

I am not very happy about the Mets. My mom and I haven't missed a home opener in years and have gone to all the ones at Citi. Even though my mom is really up there in years she can still make it to the ballgames. Unfortunately we both agree it is time to stop going because it is not worth the money to see the games. We both feel lied to and led on and feel it is time to stop supporting ownership. We have loved going to the games for over 35 years and even when the Mets were lovable losers it was just fun to be at Shea Stadium. Unfortunately things have changed and it seems as though ownership has put this franchise it a situation I would of never even imagined.

upstater
upstater

If he really is the fifth starter, that will be a good sign, because then the others are healthy. If past experience is a guide, he'll soon be the #2 or 3 starter and that will be a bad sign.

mainemets
mainemets

Even though he's not gonna blow anyone away, I like that he's returning to new york--it's nice to see a hometown boy!

jlga
jlga

Does he really matter? Who's going to score runs on this team???

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

Just another mediocre cog in the Alderson wheel. Hard to get excited by those career stats. He's a local kid and I wish him well. . . just elsewhere.

hankincolo
hankincolo

Not a good sign for the team overall if Mejia doesn't earn the last spot in the rotation. We're all, or at least  most of us, looking forward to the young kids winning jobs and perhaps even turning into trade bait. If guys like Dice-K and Lannan win a job by default, then chances are they're not going to be all that good. History says Dice-K is either very good or very bad, while Lannan is mediocre.  

Lannan will be a heartbeat away from

The starting rotation

And given the shape colon is in

That could happen

"Sooner than later"

Chris R
Chris R

just what i want to hear that he is(was) or whatever a skankees fan....Hope they release him..

John Paul Cullinane
John Paul Cullinane

I'm a Chaminade guy...so, naturally I'm happy...but I think he'll be in our bullpen as another lefty which is fine.  I think Dice-K wins the job and goes 12-12 this year, Montero gets more seasoning in AAA and will come up in July when Colon's career is over.  Mejia is awful and just hype with no control with only one real pitch.

Joe Paulson
Joe Paulson

It's a nice little pick-up. 

If the damn team got another bat, this off season would be fine.

Brandon Lee
Brandon Lee

Always been a fan of Lannan. If would be great to get another lefty in the rotation with Niese. That being said, I hope Mejia is the number five starter because that would mean he is healthy. 

The Mets could always go with a six-man rotation to give rest to Wheeler and Gee, and the older arm of Colon. Wouldn't be upset to see a rotation of: the rotation of Colon-Niese-Wheeler-Gee-Mejia-Lannan. 

yankeehater
yankeehater

If all goes according to plan, going into 2015 the Mets will have Harvey, Wheeler, Syndergaard, Colon, Niese, Gee, Montero, and Mejia as legit ML starters and all under contract/or controllable. That is amazing.

Mike
Mike

Didn't know Lannan calls Vegas home.

bill metsiac
bill metsiac

He's got to beat out the 3 Ms to win a job (Mejia, Montero and Matza), unless someone gets hurt. And then by his "out date" in June Thor should be up.

Hopefully he's up to the challenge.

Vin Santiago
Vin Santiago

I hope Mejia wins it.  If he's not a constant staple of this franchise's then he can at least be very good trade bait.  


Dave Rosenbluth
Dave Rosenbluth

Even the best of teams use 6-7 starters{sometimes 8} during the year.  As much as I love Meija's potential I have got to think the FO is concerned about just how far he can go-meaning will there be an IP limit?  I would guess so.  If Lannan were not to work out, then the 5 spot could be the prospect spot with Montero and Degrom getting other starts.

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

He'd be a good long man type if he was able to adapt to that position.  Anything to get TC less chances to play bad matches in the pen is a win.

rstpigeon
rstpigeon

With Colon, you can't know if he'll remain healthy at 40. There could easily be a 4th & 5th spot opening up as the season progresses. Only one lefty in the rotation, Niese. To me, these all lend value to the Lannan signing. I'm rooting for Mejia to finally land a spot and stick. I'm hoping Montero sees action after the AS Break.



zoddie
zoddie

I hope he doesn't break camp with the Mets, but that doesn't mean he won't get some starts in the majors.  Pitchers get hurt and I'm sure both Lannan and Dice-K will both get some starts before Montero is ready.  Mejia, who I hope wins the job, is injury prone and Colon is ancient.

drmetfan
drmetfan

Well, he should be happy. I would be too. Now, I can see him either ending up in the bullpen or in Vegas. I think Mejia will come in and win the 5th starter's job.

eric88
eric88

Compete should be on the Mets Logo. That's the organizations buzz word. Not Win, not playoffs, not Championships, compete.

Zach Goeringer
Zach Goeringer

Watch out National League, John Lannan is ready to compete!!!

Alan J Tepper
Alan J Tepper

I think you got the link wrong...I think you're missing the http:// at the beginning, so it is trying to find the page on Metsblog.

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

John Lannan-- Come on down! You're the next contestant on

zoddie
zoddie

When did she say that?

cmetsfan
cmetsfan

@1metfan Well at this point I'd think you'd go if it's a nice thing to do with your mom, not so much if the Wilpons or mets deserve the financial support. 

hankypanky
hankypanky

Every time I read something like this, I remember the good old days under Donald Grant. Remember Grant? He's the guy who called Tom Seaver a Communist. The present regime might be buffoons who blundered, but they never come close to the toxic, mean-spirited blight that once ran this team.

Poop-a-doodle-doo!
Poop-a-doodle-doo!

Lannan might even be a surprise, can he help us get to that 2nd wildcard?

Dave Rodriguez
Dave Rodriguez

@John Paul Cullinane Me too, go Flyers! Interested to see how the rotation shakes out. I think you may be right. Lannan may be best suited for the bullpen, but time will tell if Dice-K can handle the load.

mets2014
mets2014

@yankeehater I really think they will deal gee and perhaps colon prior to the trade deadline

stemog
stemog

@bill metsiacHe's not a bad pitcher. When Rice flames out, he can be the other lefty in the bullpen.

1metfan
1metfan

@cmetsfan@1metfan We have been doing that for the last several years already. There comes a time when we feel as though we were going and hanging on to hope that better times were ahead. Now it all seems like lies just to get us to come. It's not the same atmosphere, or cost at it was in the old days when things seemed so much simpler. Living in NJ and driving to the game it is time and money. When it cost less I think the expectations were less. After the years of the slogans "next year is this year", "the team the time.." I think I am missing one or two anyways the experience to me and I would think my mom too is that the bar (and the price) was set higher. After 2006 continuing to believe and going to 15 games a year with a different atmosphere and set of expectations and never coming to fruition was certainly frustrating. Hey we are Met fans though and have been down this road before. The backbreaker as I will call it is the  financial troubles, the loss of identity with the remake of Dodger Stadium and the rotunda being named for a Dodger and most importantly the losing. Yes the losing is the real problem and it is much more painful this time around because the word was "2014 is the year". well 2014 is here and payroll and talent is not gotten any better. I feel as though our money and goodwill was taken under false pretenses. I do not want to hear well Harvey.. anything. The Mets were saying 2014 was the year before the 2013 season began. No one could of known Harvey would look as good as he did. Even if they were counting on that the Mets are a team and should be able to be competitive regardless. I am still a Met fan and I will watch most games  this year as work allows, I think an era for me of going to the ballpark may have come to a close though. I used to go a lot with my friends too, it is very difficult to get them together to commit. We haven't had a good all out tailgate and group attendance at a game in years.

1metfan
1metfan

@hankypanky Donald Grant may of been a lot of things he is certainly nothing of the sort like we have now. There is absolutely no comparison. Grant would be had for breakfast by these guys.

arc34
arc34

@Wayno Wayne....must of touched  a nerve, LOL!

yankeehater
yankeehater

@mets2014 was pretty much where I was going. If not this mid-season, then next off-season, we will have quite a few guys who are pretty decent trade bait. There will almost definitely be way too many big league arms on the Mets, and a couple of them are going to get converted into some good young bats.

mets2014
mets2014

@nagel100@mets2014 I can see a scenario where gee, colon, murphy, davis and parnell are all made available...they will be more than rentals since the team acquiring them will have control of them next year as well and in gee, davis and Parnell's case beyond next year...this will make them more valuable... chris young can be an interesting piece as well, but since he is a FA at the end of the year his value is limited...all of the players mentioned can be replaced internally all while acquiring young talent from other organizations and holding onto the young arms