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Mets trade rumors: Dillon Gee, other Mets starters unlikely to be dealt

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The Mets started the winter with a major league starting pitching surplus but will very likely enter spring training will all of those pitchers in camp.

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Spring training begins next week, and the Mets will not be pursuing a trade of one of their starting pitchers unless another team develops a need for a starter during spring training, says Marc Carig of Newsday. As Carig mentions, trade talks this focused on Dillon Gee, who is entering his age-29 season and had a 4.00 ERA and 4.52 FIP in 137.1 innings of work in the Mets' rotation last year.

Aside from Gee, the Mets have a boatload of pitchers who could reasonably pitch in a major league rotation to begin the year: Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Zack Wheeler, Jon Niese, Bartolo Colon, Noah Syndergaard, and Rafael Montero. Even Steven Matz probably could crack a major league rotation, though he has not yet pitched above Double-A and does not figure to be in the cards for the Mets' Opening Day roster.

Of course, having too much pitching is not a bad thing in isolation, as starting pitchers tend to get injured. The frustrating thing about the Mets' situation is that the team probably could have gotten by with its depth even after trading one of its current pitchers.