Unless a team claims Gee, he would clear waivers Tuesday at 1 p.m. ET. The Mets designated the 29-year-old righthander for assignment on Monday and general manager Sandy Alderson said the team would try to trade him or send him to Triple A in the absence of trade interest.
Earlier this month, the Mets dropped Gee from his starter’s role and moved him to the bullpen as the team moved away from a six-man rotation. Gee expressed frustration with the move, saying it likely hurt his trade value.
Gee made seven starts this season, going 0–3 with a 5.92 ERA over 38 innings. His final appearance was his June 14 start against the Atlanta Braves in which he lasted only 3 2/3 innings and allowed eight runs on 11 hits. The Mets’ decision to move him to the bullpen was announced the following day.
Gee could reject the assignment to Triple A and instead declare free agency because he has more than three years of major league service. Doing so would vacate the $3.1 million the Mets still owe him this season.
Gee could also hit free agency in the offseason if he remains at Triple A and is not called back up by the Mets for the remainder of the season.
Gee, the Mets’ Opening Day starter last season, entered spring training in a bullpen role and landed on the disabled list in May with a mild groin strain.
Over six major-league seasons, Gee holds a career 40–37 record and 4.03 ERA.
- Mike Fiammetta