Dillon Gee recently told Fast Life Show that he will be 100 percent by Spring Training.
In regards to whether or not he’s worried that Matt Harvey or another young pitcher could steal his spot in the rotation, Gee explained:
“Yes. Obviously, I think about it. I try not to worry about it because that’s just baseball. I came up because of injuries. I do think about it a lot. But, at the same time, I have pitched pretty well in the big leagues and I think I’m going to be even better coming off the surgery. I will be 100 percent. I think I will improve. I want to be with the Mets, but if they feel like I should be somewhere else, hopefully I will be valuable somewhere else. All that I can do is pitch the best that I can and hope that I still have a spot on this team.”
Gee was placed on the 15-day DL on July 10, 2012 after doctors found a blood clot in the artery in his right arm. The artery was dissolved with the use of a catheter. Gee will most likely not return during the 2012 season.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
Well, it’s pretty clear that Matt Harvey will be in next year’s rotation. Obviously, so will RA Dickey. However, I’m not sure how the rest of the staff will shake out.
I don’t expect Johan Santana to be traded, especially with $25 million coming to him next year, and especially with his season-ending back injury. But, he’s still a slight question mark, either because the Mets would welcome shedding some of his salary or because he might not be healthy enough to start the year on time. Also, if the only way to acquire a legitimate, young bat (like a Justin Upton) is to trade a legitimate, young pitcher then Jon Niese will be on the trading block, meaning he’s no guarantee to be back as well. Chris Young is Chris Young, which is a decent pitcher, but this team’s fifth starter.
In other words, I think Gee is safe, either because Santana isn’t ready, Niese is traded or Young is let go, but mostly because he went at least six innings and let up three runs or less in 70% of his starts this year. He’s a good, mid- to -back-of-the-rotation guy, especially since he’ll likely still earn less than $1 million next year.
To listen or read a full transcript of Gee’s talk with Fast Life Show, which interviews all sorts of personalities from sports and entertainment, click here.