Mets sign John Lannan

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The Mets secured some rotation depth this afternoon by signing left-hander John Lannan to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Lannan struggled with the Phillies last season, posting a 5.33 ERA in 14 starts while dealing with a quad injury and a knee injury which required surgery. The 29-year-old Long Island native spent most of 2012 in the minors, as there was no room for him in the Nationals’ rotation, but he owns a 4.12 ERA over 148 starts in the majors.

As of now, the Mets project to begin the season with Jon Niese, Bartolo Colon, Dillon Gee, Zack Wheeler and Jenrry Mejia in the starting rotation. Mejia is coming off elbow surgery and has struggled to stay healthy in recent years, so Lannan will provide the Mets with some veteran insurance.

Paul Janish retires

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MASN’s Roch Kubatko reports that the Orioles granted infielder Paul Janish his release from his Triple-A contract. He will retire and join the coaching staff at Rice University.

Janish, 34, played parts of nine seasons in the majors with the Reds, Orioles, and Braves. He hit .212/.280/.284 over his career, providing most of his value through his fielding and versatility. While he logged most of his time at shortstop, he also played third base and second base and also pitched on two occasions in blowout losses.

Yasmany Tomas to undergo season-ending core muscle surgery on Tuesday

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The Diamondbacks announced that outfielder Yasmany Tomas will undergo season-ending core muscle surgery on Tuesday in Philadelphia. Tomas has been on the disabled list since June 3 with right groin tendinitis and experienced multiple setbacks during his rehab.

Tomas, 26, was in the midst of a disappointing year before the injury, batting .241/.294/.464 with eight home runs and 32 RBI in 180 plate appearances.

The Diamondbacks acquired J.D. Martinez from the Tigers a month ago to help fill the gap in the outfield. Prior to that trade, Chris Herrmann and Daniel Descalso were handling left field. The D-Backs entered Monday’s action holding the second Wild Card slot in the National League by 2.5 games over the Brewers and trailed the Rockies by one game for the first slot.