Lannan addition doesn't end starter search

January, 20, 2014
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Hunter Martin/Getty ImagesJust because the Mets have signed John Lannan does not necessarily mean they are finished adding starting pitching.
Even after adding left-hander John Lannan to the fifth-starter competition, the Mets still may be in the market for more rotation options.

"Lannan does not necessarily preclude us from signing another starter," assistant GM John Ricco told ESPNNewYork.com.

Right now, Lannan and Jenrry Mejia would appear the primary competitors for the final rotation spot behind Bartolo Colon, Jonathon Niese, Zack Wheeler and Dillon Gee.

Prospects Jacob deGrom and Rafael Montero are in that competition as well, but appear likely to open the season at Triple-A Las Vegas.

Top prospect Noah Syndergaard will be in big-league camp, but the Mets have been open in projecting a midseason promotion for him, in a similar timeframe to Wheeler and Matt Harvey the past two seasons.

Here are the remaining starting-pitching options for the Mets (via MLB Trade Rumors). Mind you, it's highly unlikely they add someone of the Bronson Arroyo or Matt Garza level -- or, for that matter, anyone else who would command a major league deal.

Arroyo
Scott Baker
Erik Bedard
A.J. Burnett
Chris Capuano
Bruce Chen
Freddy Garcia
Jon Garland
Garza
Chad Gaudin
Jason Hammel
Tommy Hanson
Aaron Harang
Ubaldo Jimenez
Jair Jurrjens
Jeff Karstens
Paul Maholm
Jason Marquis
Daisuke Matsuzaka
James McDonald
Jeff Niemann
Roy Oswalt
Clayton Richard
Ervin Santana
Johan Santana
Joe Saunders
Jake Westbrook
Jerome Williams
Suk-min Yoon
Barry Zito
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Daniel Murphy
BA HR RBI R
.301 9 53 73
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 26
RBIL. Duda 76
RD. Murphy 73
OPSL. Duda .824
WB. Colon 12
ERAZ. Wheeler 3.45
SOZ. Wheeler 163