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TC confirms Gee to pen if no injury, deal

2/21/2015

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Terry Collins confirmed Saturday what had been pretty straightforward anyway: Dillon Gee would be the odd-man out and head to the bullpen if the Mets get through spring training healthy in the rotation.

Dillon Gee

#35 SP
New York Mets

2014 STATS

  • GM22
  • W7

  • L8

  • BB43

  • K94

  • ERA4.00

Gee is the excess starter with Matt Harvey returning from Tommy John surgery to join Zack Wheeler, Jacob deGrom, Jonathon Niese and Bartolo Colon in the rotation.

That said, Collins wants Gee to prepare to start at this stage of camp, since there is the potential for an injury to a rotation member.

Sandy Alderson has suggested it will be difficult to find a trading partner in spring training, and he will not actively shop a starting pitcher. An opportunity for a trade could arise, though, if another team has a prominent starter suffer a major spring training injury.

Sources have told ESPNNewYork.com that the Mets are willing to deal Gee or Colon. Colon is owed $11 million this season and then is eligible for free agency. Gee, earning $5.3 million this year, is under the team’s control through the 2016 season.

“Obviously we have to get him ready to start,” Collins said about Gee. “As I’ve said every spring, we’ve got to find six or seven starters, because you don’t know what’s going to happen in spring training. I certainly hope Dillon is on this team. I’ve watched him throw two bullpens. He looks tremendous right now. If we break camp and we still have all six guys, he’s going to have to probably pitch out of the bullpen. But as we get into this camp, I want him to get ready and get his mindset to start.”