If Dillon Gee was a left-handed pitcher, he’d be getting a lot more respect and recognition. Instead of being the token 5th starter that is holding a spot for one of the up and coming guys from the minors, we’d be talking about wrapping him up for a contract along the lines of Jon Niese.
He’s 10-9 with a 3.63 ERA in 27 starts and 166 innings.
Last year, he had a 4.10 ERA before his clot issue.
In 2010, he had a 4.43 ERA in 27 starts.
He’s improved every year. He’s entering his prime. He’s not the sexy starter along the lines of Harvey or Wheeler. But he’s a good pitcher.
If he was a lefty, there would be teams knocking down the Mets door to try to trade for him. But he’s a righty. So he’s not.
I wouldn’t have an issue if Gee was signed up for a contract along the lines of Niese. It gives Gee long term security. It would give the Mets contract stability. It puts a proven, solid starter locked up in the rotation.
Until the young guns prove it on the Major League level – they’re still prospects. Gee’s proven he belongs at this level.