The Kansas City Royals took another step towards finalizing their rosters for the regular season on Tuesday, adding RHP Dillon Gee to the 40-man roster and placing LHP Mike Minor on the 60-day disabled list.
Gee, who signed a minor league contract with the Royals this winter after six seasons with the New York Mets, could have opted out of his deal if he was not added to the 40-man roster by March 15. The 29-year-old is competing with veterans Chien-Ming Wang and Brian Duensing for one of the final spots in the Royals’ bullpen. Gee fell out of favor during the Mets’ run to the World Series in 2015 after top prospects Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz emerged quicker than expected, going 8-3 with a 4.54 ERA in 14 starts in Triple-A Las Vegas. During his tenure with the Mets, Gee was 40-37 in 110 starts and pitched a career-high 199 innings in 2013.
Minor, 28, another low-risk signing by the Royals this winter, is recovering from labrum surgery and is not expected to return to big league action until June at the earliest. A former first round draft pick of the Atlanta Braves, Minor battled shoulder issues since the 2014 season and hasn’t been able to recapture his earlier promise nor appear in a major league game since the injury. Once envisioned as a top of the rotation starter with Julio Teheran, Minor produced his most compete season during his five seasons in Atlanta in 2013, going 13-9 with a 3.21 ERA in 32 starts.
The roster moves made on Tuesday provide flexibility for one of the deepest pitching staffs in baseball as the Royals seek to defend their World Series crown and reach the Fall Classic for a third consecutive season.