One day after allowing a career-high eight runs in three-and-two-thirds innings against the Braves, Dillon Gee has been designated for assignment by the Mets. Gee, who has been with the team since 2010, has struggled this season, going 0-3 with a 5.90 ERA. In five seasons with the Mets, Gee has a 4.03 ERA, 4.24 FIP, and a total of 4.7 bWAR.
Since returning from the disabled list two weeks ago, Gee has failed to establish any sort of consistency. He was originally supposed to be a part of a six-man rotation upon returning, as top prospect Noah Syndergaard played well enough filling in for Gee that he earned himself a permanent slot in the Mets' rotation. But after getting rocked in his first start back against the Padres on June 3, Gee was sent to the bullpen. After one relief appearance last week, manager Terry Collins then said that Gee would serve as a spot starter. His first, and possibly last, spot start of the season with the Mets came yesterday.
Gee's designation comes as a bit of a surprise, as Terry Collins said yesterday that he would still consider him for future spot-starts. But the team will very likely give its next spot start to Steven Matz, who has dominated Triple-A this season. Gee now finds himself as the odd man out of an organization overflowing with pitching depth.
The Mets now have ten days to trade Gee. If he is not traded in that time frame, the team can either release him or place him on waivers. If he goes unclaimed on waivers, then he can be demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas. However, it is likely that at least one major league team looking for a starter will be interested in acquiring him.