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.
For a few days, it looked like Aaron Judge was finally hitting his stride in the postseason. He was still striking out at a regular clip, piling more and more strikeouts atop the 16 he racked up in the Division Series, but he was mashing, too. He engineered a three-run homer during Game 3 of the Championship Series, followed by another blast and game-tying double in Game 4. His one-out double helped pad a five-run lead in Game 5, while his 425-footer off of Brad Peacock barely made a dent during a 7-1 loss in Game 6. And then Lance McCullers‘ curveball found and fooled him, as it did five of the 14 batters it met in Game 7:
The strikeout was Judge’s first of the evening and 27th since the start of the playoffs. No other major league batter has racked up that many strikeouts in a single postseason, though Alfonso Soriano’s 26-strikeout record in 2003 comes the closest. Within that record, Judge also collected three golden sombreros (four strikeouts in a single game), narrowly avoiding the dreaded platinum sombrero (five strikeouts in a single game).
It’s an unfortunate footnote to a spectacular year for the rookie outfielder, who decimated the competition with 52 home runs and 8.2 fWAR during the regular season and was a pivotal part of the Yankees’ playoff run. Thankfully, the image of McCullers’ curveball darting just under Judge’s bat won’t be the image that sticks with us for years to come. Instead, it’ll look something like this: