Mets bring in John Lannan to compete for rotation spot

By Steven InmanimagesCAU5LIB3

The Mets have signed LHP John Lannan to a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring Training. Lannan, 29, has had a lot of success in his career against the Mets as a member of the Washington Nationals but Lannan has had a lot injuries since then.

He will go to Spring Training and compete with Jenrry Mejia for the 5th spot in the Mets rotation.

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 in the majors by June 15.

I like this signing as Lannan has a lot of upside if he is healthy. If he isn’t healthy he won’t cost the Mets much since he was a minor league signing.

Lannan had a rough time with the Phillies last year going 3-6 with a 5.33 ERA in 71 innings but he is still young enough where he could bounce back.

Lannan lifetime has a 4.12 ERA in 858 career innings, all in the N.L. East.

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I also like Lannan and the potential up side of this signing. However, I don’t understand Lucas Duda not signing yet. No club wants to trade for him and if the Mets don’t sign him and were to release him he would find himself on the AAA roster of another club waiting to be called up for a cup of coffee in the event that a front line starter was injured to be sent right back down again after the injured payer returns to the playing field. After a few years like that Duda will then be out of baseball for good. ST with the Mets is, instead, Duda’s chance of demonstrating that he is a MLB quality player. His career is now on the line. This is not the time to quibble over salary like a star veteran who will be missed if the parent club doesn’t sign him.

Mike, Lucas and the Mets have agreed to a contract as of Wednesday afternoon. The team is now done with all of their arbitration cases and can focus on a few finishing touches to their offseason.

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