The Mets have outrighted Dillon Gee to Triple-A Las Vegas after he passed through waivers and went unclaimed by any teams.
It seems teams were even unwilling to pick him up for simply assuming the remaining $3 million left on his contract.
He’s back with the Mets.
A source ESPN.com that the New York Mets have failed to trade right-hander Dillon Gee despite some interest from other clubs.
Instead the team has now placed him on outright waivers for the purpose of sending him to Triple-A Las Vegas. Barring a claim, he would clear waivers on Tuesday.
Adam Rubin points out that because Gee has more than three years of major league service, he could refuse an assignment to Las Vegas if he clears waivers and declare free agency.
“However, he is unlikely to do so because he would vacate the $3.1 million still owed to him this season.”
If Gee reports to Las Vegas and is not promoted to the Mets later in the year, he also could declare free agency shortly after the season.
According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the Mets will designate pitcher Dillon Gee for assignment.
Gee, 29, has had the worst season of his career this year. He is currently 0-3 with a 5.90 ERA through eight appearances (including seven starts). He had his worst outing of the season yesterday against the Braves in which he allowed eight runs on 11 hits in 3.2 innings in a spot start. Gee has, however, been a regular member of the rotation (when healthy) for the past five seasons. In parts of six seasons, all with the Mets, Gee has a 40-37 record and 4.03 ERA (91 ERA+) in 679.1 innings.
The Mets have been unsure of where to put Gee, twice putting him in the bullpen and then having him start. With Akeel Morris being promoted today, designating Gee for assignment clears up a roster spot for him.
The Mets will now presumably look to trade Gee to another team. He is making $5.3 million this season.