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2015 Mets season review: Dillon Gee

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The Gee Funk Era went out with a whimper.

Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Dillon Gee, who had been a part of the Mets' rotation since 2010, capped off his Mets career this year in a less than extraordinary way. Drafted by the club in 2007, the righty made seven starts for the Mets this season before giving way to injuries and youth for the majority of the year.

Gee started the year as the fifth man in the Mets' rotation and made five starts at the beginning of the season, but a groin strain put him on the disabled list in early May. The other piece of this puzzle was the promotion of Noah Syndergaard, who was promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas and replaced Gee on the roster and in the rotation for the rest of the season.

Before his DL stint, Gee was about what you'd expect: a few good starts of five-to-seven innings with minimal damage and a couple with four-plus earned runs allowed. His May 3 start was a perfect encapsulation of Gee's tenure as a Met. He only allowed one earned run, but he only went five innings, walked five, struck out five, and took the loss.

After battling his way back from the disabled list, Gee made three more appearances for the Mets in June. In two starts, he never made it into the fifth inning, giving up a total of twelve earned runs in those two games. He also made one relief appearance, during which he pitched marginally better. He was soon demoted to the Las Vegas 51s, where he remained for the rest of the season. In Triple-A, he fared slightly better, but he still posted a 4.98 ERA over 14 starts, striking out 63 and walking 18. He gave up seven home runs in Vegas, which is only two more than he gave up in his eight appearances on the Mets.

Gee was not called back up in September, and he therefore did not get a chance to taste some of the champagne at the Mets' division-clinching celebration. It was a sad end to a serviceable tenure with the Mets. Gee was never a well-regarded prospect, nor was he a guy that was easy to dream on. But he was a guy who took the ball every five days for some truly terrible teams and never got to reap the competitive rewards.

Gee hit free agency at the end of the season and has since signed a minor league deal with the World Series champion Kansas City Royals and will attempt to make the team in spring training.