The Mets have been shopping Dillon Gee for most of the winter and it appears that they could finally find a match soon, as FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal writes that the Rockies, Giants, and Padres are all looking at a possible trade.
Gee is one of many names the Rockies are considering, but the alternatives aren’t very appealing. We heard this morning that free agent right-hander Ryan Vogelsong was a possibility and it was reported last week that the club has “mild interest” in Marlins right-hander Dan Haren. Thomas Harding of MLB.com writes that the Rockies are expected to make moves for their rotation this week, so we could see something go down soon.
Gee is more of a back-end starter, compiling a 3.91 ERA over 103 starts and three relief appearances in the majors. Relevant to the Rockies, he owns a 45.6 percent ground ball rate for his career. MLB Trade Rumors projects the 28-year-old to earn around $5.1 million next season via arbitration. He’s under team control through 2016.
Royals’ Opening Day starter Danny Duffy weathered a minor scare during Saturday’s Cactus League game against the Diamondbacks. The left-hander was removed from his final spring training start after experiencing some left shoulder tightness in the second and third innings. No lasting damage appears to have been done — Duffy told reporters that he simply felt a slight ache, nothing more — and it looks like he’ll remain on track to open the season with the team next Thursday.
The 29-year-old southpaw is coming off one of his best performances to date. Despite losing a few weeks to an oblique strain and elbow soreness, he went 9-10 in 24 starts and finished the 2017 season with a 3.81 ERA, 2.5 BB/9 and 8.0 SO/9 over 146 1/3 innings. While Duffy entered camp with a clean bill of health, he struggled to execute against his spring training opponents and racked up 13 runs, four homers, seven walks and 11 strikeouts in 13 innings of Cactus League play.
The Royals are scheduled to kick off their home opener against the White Sox on Thursday, March 29 at 4:15 PM ET. Barring any further complications with his shoulder, Duffy will take the mound for the Royals, while James Shields is expected to make his first Opening Day appearance for the White Sox.