The Mets have signed LHP John Lannan to a minor-league contract with an invite to major league spring training, the team announced.
Jan 21.: Lannan’s deal is for $1.5 million if he makes the major league team, and could earn another $2 million in innings pitched bonus. He can opt-out of his contract if he’s not on the MLB team by June 15 (Sherman).
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.
Lannan – who is from Long Beach, Long Island – is 45-58 with a 4.12 ERA in 148 big league starts with the Nationals and Phillies in his seven-year career, having allowed only 83 home runs in 858 major league innings.
Michael Baron, ContributorI like this signing a lot. The Mets reportedly had interest in signing Lannan last winter, but he went to Philadelphia. He pitches to a lot of contact but is a groundball pitcher who doesn’t allow a lot of home runs. There’s also value in his knowledge of the NL East, as he’s spent his entire career in the division. He will compete with Jenrry Mejia (and possibly Jacob deGrom and Rafael Montero) for the fifth starter spot this spring, but he could also serve as valuable rotation depth for the other guys in the rotation.