Ex-Met Dillon Gee has signed a minor league deal with the Kansas City Royals, per multiple reports.
Gee, drafted in 2007 by the Mets, spent the 2010-2015 seasons with New York. He burst on to the scene in 2010, posting a 2-2 record with a 2.18 ERA in 5 starts, holding opposing batters to just a .212 average. Gee’s tenure with the Mets fizzled out in 2015, going 0-3 with a 5.90 ERA in 7 start—stats that the front office deemed worthy of a demotion to Triple-A Las Vegas. The most notable of his seasons was 2013, when Gee was a workhorse for a struggling Mets team, posting a 12-11 record and 3.62 ERA over 199 innings.
Gee, along with the recently traded Jonathan Niese and free agent Daniel Murphy, was among the longest-tenured Mets players before departing.
Gee’s role in the 2015 season was up in the air from the start of Spring Training. Rumors had been surrounding both Gee and Niese all of the 2014-2015 offseason, and, after failing to trade either of them, the New York management was forced to deal with clogged starting rotation. The front office knew Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz would start their seasons at Triple-A, which gave them Bartolo Colon, Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Zack Wheeler, Rafael Montero, Niese, and Gee to work with. It was believed that Montero and Gee would battle for the long-man role in the bullpen. Gee, with the help of Wheeler’s Tommy John surgery, landed the fifth-starters job out of Spring Training, and got off to a rough start in his first outing, allowing five runs on eight hits in just five innings against the Atlanta Braves. He would also make his last start in a Mets uniform against the Braves on the 14th of June, pitching a mere 3 and 2/3 innings, allowing eight runs on eleven hits.
Gee was an absolute workhorse for the Mets during their dark ages. For that alone, I think he deserved a better chance than he was given out of Spring Training. He was never a Jon Niese-type; you could never find him screaming into his glove or blaming anyone else for his troubles. Gee seemed like a truly good guy and teammate. I can’t imagine such doubt cast upon him by the front office helped in any way, and the demotion just made matters worse. To think that he wasn’t even a September call-up irks me to no end. For that, I wish him all the best in Kansas City.
Gee joins a World Championship-winning rotation in Kansas City; a team that will no doubt be in contention again in 2016. The top of the rotation consists of Edinson Voluez and Yordano Ventura, followed by another former Met in Chris Young and highly touted youngster Danny Duffy. Gee will most likely on the short side of a competition for a fifth starters job between himself, Jason Vargas and Kris Medlen.