New York Mets rumors suggest Dillon Gee could be done with the team. The Mets outrighted Gee on Sunday, June 21, making the move with the intent to put him back in Triple-A Las Vegas. As reported by ESPN.com, this now gives other teams a chance to claim him off waivers. What it also means is that if he does clear waivers, Gee could refuse the minor league assignment and immediately become a free agent. That could lead to many MLB rumors about where he might head next.
NBC Sports reported on June 15 that the New York Mets had decided to designate Gee for assignment. This meant that the team had 10 days to trade, waive, or release Gee from the franchise. With the Mets deciding to outright Gee so early in the process, it seems to indicate that there weren’t many suitors on the trade market. There had been quite a few rumors linking him to other teams during this past MLB offseason, but it’s possible that his 2015 struggles have cooled that buzz.
Gee is still owed $3.1 million from the Mets this season, and he will get that salary no matter where he is playing. If another MLB team decides to claim him off waivers, they would take over the responsibilities of paying him. If he accepts the assignment to go to Triple-A Las Vegas, he will simply become the highest paid player in the minor league system for the Mets. The final option, though, would be for Gee to leave that money on the table and become a free agent with the ability to choose his next city.
As previously reported on the Inquisitr, Dillon Gee has been making headlines for the Mets all season. Many of them have not been pleasant, especially when he bristled about getting taken out of the starting rotation and placed in the bullpen. With uber prospect Steven Matz close to his Major League debut and Matt Harvey finding a lot of success in his return from surgery, there simply isn’t room for Gee in the Mets organization any longer. This is despite having made 110 starts for the Mets, posting a 40-37 record, a 4.03 ERA, and a 1.31 WHIP over six seasons.
Dillon Gee is still only 29-years-old and has another year of arbitration-eligibility in the 2016 MLB season. This should guarantee that a lot of additional New York Mets trade rumors pop up while he is on waivers, showing which teams might be interested in acquiring him. The problem for Gee is that Mets fans are ready to start cheering on Steven Matz and have already starting moving on (along with the Mets front office).
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