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Texas Rangers keeping Dillon Gee

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Righthanded pitcher Dillon Gee will be added to the 40 man roster and optioned to AAA, per T.R. Sullivan

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The Texas Rangers are purchasing the contract of righthanded pitcher Dillon Gee, with the intention of optioning him to AAA Round Rock, per T.R. Sullivan.

Gee has enough service time that he could refuse an optional assignment, but Sullivan indicates that Gee will accept the assignment. Gee was in camp on a minor league deal and had the right to opt out and become a free agent if the Rangers didn’t add him to the 40 man roster.

The complicating factor for the Rangers, who have wanted to keep Gee in the organization, is that he was guaranteed $2 million if he was added to the major league roster. However, if the Rangers were to add him to the 25 man roster for Opening Day, they likely would be dropping him by mid-April — meaning they would be potentially paying him $2 million for just a couple of starts.

No word yet on the financial arrangement, but this will allow the Rangers to stash Gee in Round Rock as rotation depth while Andrew Cashner and Tyson Ross work their way back.