By Jason Shetler
A lot has been made of the New York Mets very talented pitching staff over the past couple years, more specifically with the depth they have. The Mets began 2015 with a rotation consisting of Matt Harvey, Jacob DeGrom, Jon Niese and Bartolo Colon. The fifth starter spot was awarded to Dillon Gee out of Spring Training.
Gee pitched in just eight games for the Mets where he posted a 5.90 ERA before getting designated for assignment in June as the corresponding move for Noah Syndergaard. Gee made 14 starts the rest of the way for AAA Las Vegas. Combined with the two clubs, he posted a 5.24 ERA. However, advanced metrics would suggest that he was the victim of really bad luck. Gee’s Fielding Independent Pitching was a full run lower at 4.15. Meanwhile his BABIP was at .346, which is an unsustainable figure.
Just recently, Gee elected to become a free agent, so there’s certainly teams out there who be willing to take a chance on him, especially since he would sign for less than the $5.3 million he made with the Mets this year. The Pirates obviously are no stranger to bringing in reclamation projects for the rotation, and Gee seems to be a potential candidate. Before this season, Gee put up a 3.67 ERA along with a 108 ERA+ in five prior seasons with the Mets, so he does have a good track record. Ultimately, the Pirates would like to upgrade the back end of the rotation with the continued inconsistencies of Jeff Locke. Perhaps it wouldn’t hurt to see if Gee can bounce back and become a more stabile option as the Pirates fifth starter next year.