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Dillon Gee becomes a free agent

Dillon Gee (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)
Dillon Gee wearing a black Mets uniform in 2011 (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

Dillon Gee‘s time in the Mets’ organization came to an end yesterday as the 29-year-old pitcher elected free agency. (The Mets were all but certain to non-tender him on December 2nd had he not done so.)

Gee, a 21st-round draft pick in 2007, finished his Mets career with a 40-37 record and a 4.03 ERA in 110 starts and four relief appearances.

Flipping back through my scorecards from games I attended, I last saw Gee pitch for the Mets on June 9. He gave up three hits, including a home run by Joe Panik, in a 1 2/3 inning relief appearance.

Last year, I watched Gee pitch twice, including his Opening Day start against the Washington Nationals. That day, Gee allowed four runs on four hits (including a two-run homer by Adam LaRoche) over 6 2/3 innings while striking out five. He had been in line for a victory until Bobby Parnell blew the save in the 9th.

I saw Gee pitch again on April 5, when he allowed three runs on 6 hits over 7 1/3 innings against the Cincinnati Reds. That day, he surrendered home runs to Ryan Ludwick and Brandon Phillips en route to another no-decision in a game the Mets won on Ike Davis‘ walk-off grand slam.

Gee was never a flashy superstar like Matt Harvey or Dwight Gooden… and he couldn’t blow you away with amazing stuff like Jacob deGrom or Noah Syndergaard. He was just a guy who made the most of the talent that he was given… and he put together a pretty good major league career with the Mets. I hope some other team will give him a chance to continue it.