The latest on the Dillon Gee trade discussions
The Mets are aggressively shopping Dillon Gee, and the belief at the Winter Meetings is that something could materialize in the next 24 hours.
Even if the Mets don’t deal Gee (or another starting pitcher) before the meetings end on Thursday, it appears that there will be a resolution sooner rather than later.
The Mets need to deal a starting pitcher in order to create room for the returning Matt Harvey, and both Jon Niese and Bartolo Colon are said to be available in addition to Gee. Noah Syndergaard‘s has also been mentioned as a pitcher who’s available at the right price.
In talks with Texas, the Mets have been dangling Gee, and one report indicated that infielder Luis Sardinas could be the return in the event Gee wound up in Texas.
However, lots of other teams – the Royals, Giants, Twins, Rockies, and Padres among them – have also expressed interest in Gee over the last few days.
According to Jayson Stark of ESPN, the Royals – who have interest in Gee – are willing to move one of their relievers (Wade Davis, Greg Holland, or Kelvin Herrera) in exchange for a young, under control starting pitcher.
While the focus has been on Gee heading to the Rangers, there’s no reason for the Mets to rush to make that deal happen.
As far as a potential fit with the Royals is concerned, it’s highly unlikely that they would deal any of their high impact relievers for Gee, but they may be open to doing so if the return is Jon Niese instead or perhaps one of the Mets’ young starters not named Harvey, Wheeler, deGrom, or Syndergaard. The Mets should be exploring that possibility.
Additionally, while the Mariners haven’t been mentioned as one of the teams interested in Gee, the Mets should be in contact with them to see if either Brad Miller or Chris Taylor could be had for a package including Gee. If Seattle balks, the Mets could sub in Niese or Rafael Montero, and see where that takes them.