The New York Mets are seemingly always in search of pitching help, and they may have found some on Saturday in the form of a veteran pitcher who is very familiar with the NL East.
#Mets sign John Lannan of Long Beach, Long Island, as 5th-starter competitor.
— Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) January 18, 2014
The Mets and starting pitcher John Lannan have agreed on a Minor League deal with a Spring Training invite, and it looks to be a high-reward, low-risk move for New York. 2013 was a bit of a disastrous year (5.33 ERA in 74.1 innings with the Phillies) for Lannan due to injuries to his knee and quad, but prior to that, he was an effective NL starter.
Lannan was a consistent, back-end option for the Washington Nationals‘ rotation for nearly a half-decade, and he knows the terrain of the NL East quite well. His 4.12 career ERA won’t move any mountains, but I’m 100% positive that the Mets would accept that level of production from Lannan if he cracks their rotation as the #5 starter, and you can never have too much pitching depth.
It’s important to note that Lannan is guaranteed nothing by inking this deal in the Big Apple, but for the Mets, this is a move that needs little justification.