Texas Rangers rumors: Dillon Gee, the righthanded pitcher for the New York Mets who was mentioned as a possible Texas Rangers trade target this offseason, will reportedly be designated for assignment by the Mets. At that point, the Mets will have 10 days to waive, trade or release Gee, who is under contract for $5.3 million this season.
While Gee was mentioned as a possible rotation member for the Rangers this offseason, I'm wondering if the Rangers might have interest in him as a potential reliever. The Mets almost certainly aren't going to find a taker for Gee's contract, but its possible that the Rangers could look at either acquire him for a fringe prospect, with the Mets paying his salary, or else look at signing him to a minor league deal once he clears waivers.
Gee is a Texas native who graduated from Cleburne High School and was drafted by the Mets out of UT-Arlington. He has a 5.90 ERA this season in 39.2 IP over 8 games (7 starts), and has a career 4.03 ERA/4.24 FIP/91 ERA+. Given the state of the Rangers pen, he might be someone Texas would want to take a look at as a potential multi-inning relief arm, particularly if he clears waivers and the team stash him in AAA on a minor league deal.