Today, the New York Mets designated righty Dillon Gee for assignment. The move comes just a day after Gee’s worst outing of the season. Against the Braves, he allowed eight runs on just 3 2/3 innings, which elevated his ERA from 4.50 to 5.90.
Gee has undergone a tumultuous month. After a poor showing against the San Diego Padres on June 3, Manager Terry Collins moved Gee to the bullpen, a move Gee was obviously unhappy with.
“I’m at a point now where I just don’t care anymore,” said Gee after being told he was moved to the bullpen.
Gee’s tenure in the bullpen was short-lived, however, as he only made one appearance before being placed back in the rotation against the Braves.
It is no secret that the Mets are loaded with arms and have been looking to move Gee (and lefty Jonathan Niese) since Jacob deGrom broke out last season. While Gee has never came out and requested a trade, one has to imagine that Gee has basically stopped caring given his in limbo status during the season.
Gee looked apathetic on the mound yesterday. He didn’t mix his pitches, or even work the corners. Instead, he just tossed meatballs and was appropriately lit up.
With Gee now designated for assignment, he has fast-tracked his possibility of being traded, where a number of teams could be interested in him as a back-of-the-rotation starter. If he does go unclaimed (which is unlikely) he can either opt for free agency, or report to Las Vegas to play for the Mets Triple A team on rehab assignment.
The writing is on the wall for Gee. There is no future for him in New York and he wants out. Clearly giving up like he did will hurt his stock with some teams, but at this point, I have to imagine he just wants to get out of town.