Lannan preauthorized minors demotion

April, 9, 2014
ATLANTA -- John Lannan already has more than five years of MLB service. And that normally would mean Lannan cannot be sent to the minors without his consent.

But before Lannan was added to the Opening Day roster, the Mets had the southpaw sign an "advance consent" waiver. That means Lannan preauthorized the Mets to send him to the minors at any point during the first 45 days of the season -- which also would negate receiving his full $1.5 million big-league salary, which otherwise would have been guaranteed.

That may end up coming into play fairly soon if subpar relief appearances persist.

Lannan, converted to relief for the first time in his career this season, has struggled in the role.

Lannan allowed a single to lefty-hitting Freddie Freeman, the lone batter he faced in Wednesday's 4-3 loss to the Atlanta Braves. The southpaw now has allowed four runs, four hits and a walk while recording only three outs this season.

“Obviously it’s a whole new role for John,” Terry Collins said. “One of the pitches that makes him so effective is his change -- and his slider. And when he comes in against lefties, he’s basically falling behind to where he’s been unable to use those pitches sometimes. You’ve just got to hang with him because it’s a new role. One of the reasons why we thought he could do this job was because he throws strikes. When you start to nibble and fall behind out of the bullpen, it’s tough duty for you.”
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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