Free-agent and former Mets RHP Dillon Gee recently received medical clearance to begin his offseason throwing program, SBNation's Chris Cotillo reported this past weekend.
In October, Gee had the same surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome that Matt Harvey had in July.
Gee was drafted in 2007 by the Mets, for whom he eventually appeared in 140 games, went 40-37 and had a 4.03 ERA before leaving as a free agent after 2015.
According to Cotillo, Gee is expected to be ready for spring training and is currently receiving interest from multiple teams.
In 33 appearances (14 starts) for the Royals last season, Gee had a 4.68 ERA while striking out 89 batters and walking 37 in 125 innings.
Mar 29, 2015; Jupiter, FL, USA; Gee (35) throws against St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams (32) during their game at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
"I'm probably a better pitcher now than I was in my earlier years," Gee told FanGraphs.com last summer. "I kind of got phased out in New York. They obviously had some young studs coming up, and I lost my spot there. I had a few opportunities to remain a starter with other teams, but I chose to (go to Kansas City) and contribute out of the bullpen for a winning team."
"This is just a different part of my career. If I'm in the pen, I'm in the pen," Gee added. "I want to embrace this and be the best long man I can be."
I enjoyed watching Gee pitch when he was with the Mets. He reminded me of Rick Reed. But, he's right, he was phased out. He was that guy needed to bide time until the young guns were ready to emerge from Triple-A. Interestingly, Gee might again be a nice fit for the Mets.
It was a rocky ending for him here, with words being exchanged in public with the team's front office. But, business is business. And, I'm pretty sure if he'd accept a minor-league deal that Sandy Alderson would add him to the mix of potential relievers in camp this spring.
The thing that draws me to Gee is that he can start, pitch in relief, doesn't seem to have any qualms about his role, he knows New York, knows the players and manager, he knows us, knows the media, and it would be a seamless transition for everyone involved.