After a rough outing on Sunday afternoon against the Atlanta Braves, the New York Mets plan to designate right-handed pitcher Dillon Gee for assignment, as reported by Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.
— Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) June 15, 2015
The 29-year-old had a rough outing Sunday, tying a career-high with eight runs allowed in just 3 2/3 innings of work. With the Mets planning on designating him for assignment, the club has ten days to trade Gee, who will make $5.3 M this season. So far in 2015, Gee has posted a 0-3 record with a 5.90 ERA in eight games (seven starts).
With the Mets having an influx of young starting pitching, Gee’s name has been involved in trade rumors since the offseason. The team contemplated going to a six man rotation, but decided against it, as they felt it was important to keep their young starters, such as Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom on their regular throwing schedules.
Even though they’re designating Gee for assignment, the team still expects to use a spot starter within the near future to help keep the rotation fresh. Rubin also reported that the Mets have “privately suggested” calling up another young prospect Steven Matz before July 1, so it could be a strong possibility that he is the guy to make those spot starts.
Don’t expect Matz to make a spot start during this round of the rotation, but the 24-year-old left hander could be a strong call-up candidate in the near future. In 12 starts with the Las Vegas 51s, the Mets’ Triple-A affiliate, Matz is 6-4 with a 2.30 ERA.
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