Lannan among three to ink Minor League deals

Rockies expected to invite lefty to Spring Training along with Perez, Miller

Lannan among three to ink Minor League deals

DENVER -- The Rockies have signed veteran left-handed pitcher John Lannan, catcher Audry Perez and right-handed reliever Justin Miller to Minor League contracts. All are expected to be invited to Major League Spring Training. The club said it plans to announce its non-roster invitees at a later date.

Lannan, 30, has started 148 of his 153 Major League appearances (46-58, 4.18 ERA) for the Nationals (2007-12), Phillies ('13) and Mets ('14). The lefty sustained a knee injury in '13 with Philadelphia and saw limited Major League action with New York last season (1-0, 15.75 ERA in four innings over five relief appearances). Lannan made 14 appearances (12 starts) for Class A Advanced St. Lucie and Triple-A Las Vegas in '14 (3-5, 6.75 ERA).

Perez, who turns 26 on Tuesday, appeared in two games in 2013 and one in '14 with the Cardinals. He hit .292 with six home runs and 33 RBIs in 62 games last season for Triple-A Memphis.

Miller, 27, went 1-0 with a 5.11 ERA in eight games for the Tigers in 2014, and he was 2-1 with a 1.81 ERA and five saves in 38 relief appearances at Triple-A Toledo.

Former Angels lefty reliever Buddy Boshers, 26, signed a Minor League deal with the Rockies earlier in the offseason, and he is expected to be in Major League camp.

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