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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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By Steven InmanimagesCAU5LIB3

Prospects Reese Havens and Darin Gorski will lose their 40-man roster spots, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.

Havens and Gorski will be placed on waivers; if no other team claims them, they will be assigned to the minor leagues. I believe Havens will probably get through waivers but Gorski who can throw around 90 MPH, is very deceptive and has a decent chance of getting claimed. I bet the Mets are doing everything they can to trade one of these guys before putting them through waivers.

With these two players off the 40-man roster, there will be five open spots for players that need to be added to the 40-man before the season begins. That means there is the outside chance of the Mets claiming a player as spring training winds down.

By Steven InmanimagesCAU5LIB3

Johan Santana continues to be bothered by shoulder weakness and has only been able to throw at around 90 feet. Santana was expected to pitch in a spring training game around the 15th of March according to Terry Collins. That hasn’t happened obviously and time has run out for Santana to get the necessary innings he would need to be ready for Opening Day with the Mets. Instead, Santana will stay back in Florida working to regain arm strength.

If everything were to work out, Santana could be ready three weeks after he started throwing from around 180 feet. He is barely getting through half of that now according to reports. “I’ve just got to stay here and work out and get ready,” Santana said Saturday morning. “… I’m making progress. It’s just I don’t know when I’m going to be pitching again. That’s the thing: We cannot think ahead. The way we’re approaching everything is every day make sure we have a good day.” Santana said in an ESPN NY article Saturday morning.imagesCADQ3WP8

This isn’t good obviously but it isn’t all that surprising. Santana has broken down physically and if the Mets were to get anything at all out of him this year, that would be a positive. The idea that Santana would pitch well for three months and then the Mets could flip him no longer looks realistic.

The Mets don’t sound like they will go outside the organization to replace Santana. Kyle Lohse isn’t an option due to the draft pick attached to him. Chris Young can be had, and Jon Garland opted out of his contract at Mariners camp Saturday but those guys may not be better than what they have internally. The Mets plan on just going with Jeremy Hefner and hoping he can be a stopgap until Zack Wheeler is ready.

By Steven Inman

On February 17th, we did a post here on BrokeMets called “Projecting the Mets 25-roster”.  After several injuries, I’ll attempt another crack at the Mets 25-man roster.

The 4 infielders that are expected to start for the Mets on Opening day areimagesCAU5LIB3

1. David Wright

2. Justin Turner is expected to start at second base for the Mets if Daniel Murphy is unable to go due to an oblique injury. If Murphy CAN go Turner will still be on the team as a backup infielder/pinch hitter.

3. Ruben Tejada

4. Ike Davis

5. John Buck is projected to be the starting catcher on opening day and will play a lot until top prospect Travis d’Arnaud is deemed ready for the big leagues which should sometime in mid-may.

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6. Lucas Duda

7. Jordany Valdespin- Valdespin has beaten out Kirk Nieuwenhuis for a job on the roster but the injury situations to Wright and Murphy will affect his playing time.

8. Collin Cowgill

9. Marlon Byrd

10. Mike Baxter

Outside looking in Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Matt Den Dekker

Starting Pitching

11. Jon Niese (Opening Day starter)imagesCADQ3WP8

12. Shaun Marcum

13. Matt Harvey

14. Dillon Gee

15. Jeremy Hefner- Hefner will likely be skipped the first time through the rotation but he will get some starts due to Johan Santana starting the season on the disabled list.

Outside looking in Jenrry Mejia, Aaron Laffey

Bullpen

The bullpen can change based on another injury, but as of now it looks like this.untitled

16. Bobby Parnell

17. Brandon Lyon

18. LaTroy Hawkins

19. Josh Edgin

20. Scott Atchison

21. Pedro Feliciano- Feliciano has the leg up here because Terry Collins said the other day that the Mets want to carry two left-handers. Feliciano has battled a heart condition in camp and his velocity has been much slower than it was in his first stint with the Mets.

22. Jeurys Familia- Familia makes the roster due to Frank Francisco’s injury leaving him on the shelf for the foreseeable future, combined with a very strong spring.

Outside looking in Greg Burke, Robert Carson

Bench

We already mentioned the two platoons in the outfield which mean there are only three bench spots left.untitled

23. Backup shortstop: Omar Quintanilla

24. Utility guy: Zack Lutz?

25. Backup Catcher: Anthony Recker

Omar Quintanilla has the upper hand on Brandon Hicks to make the Opening Day roster even though Hicks is out of options. Due to the lack of shortstops around the league, if Hicks doesn’t make the team, the Mets have a good shot at losing him to another organization. I have no idea who would be the backup utility guy if Murphy was hurt. Lutz can play first and third and has hit a little in the spring so I would give him the edge at this point. The Mets better hope that Murphy can get healthy before Opening Day.

There is still plenty of time for some unproven guy in the bullpen or on the bench to claim a spot so we will probably do one more of these roster projections before Opening Day. What do you think anyone else deserving of a roster spot?

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In an article by Andy Martino of the NY Daily News, Martino writes about how Johan Santana and the Mets have not been seeing eye-to-eye. In fact the relationship has gotten so poor that the Mets front office and Santana haven’t talked for some time now according to Martino. “This is Beltran all over again.” A Mets official told Martino. Santana has cut off most communications with reporters as well. It all started when Santana came to camp out of shape and Sandy Alderson acknowledged it.

Obviously this isn’t good and can become a real distraction for a team that could really use some good news these days as well as a healthy Johan Santana. The Mets were frustrated and confused with how Santana came to camp with a weak shoulder and still wanted to pitch for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic.

At this point it looks very likely that Santana will not be a Met in 2014 and the idea that the Mets will get a “vintage Santana” type year here in 2013, is looking less and less likely. Terry Collins is still hopeful that Santana will pitch in a spring training game this week.

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We heard all offseason that one of Terry Collins’ main focuses this spring would be to help Matt Den Dekker’s approach at the plate to help him lower his ugly strikeout numbers. That hasn’t been improved but Den Dekker has shown power, speed and elite gold glove defense in centerfield.

Den Dekker is already 25 so you wonder how many improvements he can make. If the Mets think he is a finished product he should make the roster because he is already better than some of their options especially defensively. That being said if the Mets think some time in Triple A Las Vegas will help him long term, then it makes sense for Den Dekker to spend a few months in the minors. Den Dekker’s glove is certainly major league ready but the question has always been about the bat for the senior signing out of Florida.

Den Dekker will be a major league player. The question is will he be a starting centerfielder or a defensive replacement/4th outfielder. Den Dekker’s adjustments at the plate will determine his future role.

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In an article by Dan Martin of the New York Post, Daniel Murphy has been working on a new swing since the offseason in an effort to gain some more power. Sandy Alderson said over the winter that while he has been impressed with the improvements Murphy has made defensively over the last year or so, Alderson has been surprise with the lack of power that Murphy has displayed. Murphy hopes the new swing will change that. “I think I’m hitting the ball with more authorimagesCADQ3WP8ity, especially to the middle of the field. It allows me to stay on the ball longer and the desire is to turn singles into doubles and maybe doubles into home runs.” Murphy said in the article.

Murphy is a very underrated hitter and the Mets need to be careful not to tinker with Murphy too much. The last thing this team needs right now is for one of their only consistent hitters to get off to a slow start because he’s getting used to a new swing. Terry Collins hopes to get Murphy back into a game sometime by the end of the week.

Murphy has been working hard with his younger brother Jonathan Murphy who is an outfielder in the Twins system on perfecting the new swing. Murphy notes that Chase Utley made a similar change in his swing a few years ago that gave him more power. Whether Murphy improves on the power a lot or not, expect a big year from the 27-year old.