New York Mets righthander Dillon Gee begrudgingly accepted his move to the bullpen as the team announced it was moving away from a six-man rotation on Saturday.
Gee said Collins informed of him the move in a meeting on Saturday. Collins also apologized for having Gee make minor-league rehab starts while on the disabled list with a groin injury last month and for the team’s shuffling of Gee’s roles this season.
Over six starts this season, Gee is 0–3 with a 4.46 ERA and 2.33 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He last pitched on Wednesday, allowing seven runs (four earned) on eight hits over four innings in a 7–3 loss to the Padres in San Diego.
“I felt like any value–if I had any at all—before this, it’s probably gone,” Gee told reporters in Phoenix, where the Mets played the third of a four-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday. “What am I going to do out of the pen? I felt like there’s really not a whole lot of good that comes from it.
“There’s nothing I can do. Obviously, I’m going to do the best I can. My biggest concern is that if there was any glimmer of value before this, I don’t see how there would be any more when I get moved to the pen—the value trade-wise or value to the team. I’m definitely unproven in the pen. You don’t know what you’re going to get, but you know what you’re going to get out of the guys that are already there.”
Earlier this season, reports suggested the Mets were open to trading Gee.
Gee also added, according to ESPN.com, “I’m almost at the point now where I just don’t even care anymore. I’m kind of over it all. I’ll do the best I can out of the pen right now.”
The Mets went to the six-man rotation by keeping Gee in the rotation after he returned from the disabled list. The deeper rotation was meant to cap the innings pitched by Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom this season, but Collins said the Mets would address those issues as necessary.
Gee was the Mets’ Opening Day starter last season, but entered spring training this year in a bullpen role.
Gee has made 109 of his 112 major-league appearances over six seasons as a starter. In his three relief appearances, he allowed four runs on three hits over 4 1/3 innings.
- Mike Fiammetta