The New York Mets signed pitcher John Lannan to a minor-league deal, adding depth to the rotation. Lannan spent last season with the Philadelphia Phillies, but before that spent his time in our nations capitol.
At 29 years old, Lannan once had a promising career. Putting up solid number in 2008, 2009 and 2011, his career took a step- back after he was demoted to Triple A just before the 2012 season started. Lannan then requested to be traded, saying that he thought he belonged in a big league rotation. He may have been right, but since then, he hasn’t been the same pitcher.
In 2013, Lannan struggled with an earned run average (ERA) above five. However, with a life-time 4.12 era and a 200 inning season under his belt, Lannan’s career may be far from over.
The Mets may have snuck away with an under the radar winner. Lannan won’t be in the rotation at the start of the season, but if someone gets hurt, he should be next in line. If Lannan can pitch well as a fill-in, or even at the Triple-A level, he should become a good trade chip.
The signing also shows that the Mets aren’t looking to throw away the 2014 season just because Matt Harvey will be absent. Lannan won’t turn heads like the Bartolo Colon signing, but he is an experienced pitcher. Like I said before, he has had success in the majors. I’ve also liked his ability since he entered the majors back in 2007.
Lannan could also end up being an arm out the bullpen, if that’s the route the Mets want to take. However, he doesn’t have an bullpen experience (at least in the majors).
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