Rockies, Mets discussing Dillon Gee trade

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Adam Rubin of ESPN New York has the scoop …

SAN DIEGO — The Colorado Rockies “definitely have interest” in acquiring Dillon Gee, a source told ESPNNewYork.com.

Sandy Alderson has expressed confidence the Mets can trade a starting pitcher in the near future.

Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich acknowledged to Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post that he has discussed specific trade packages with the Mets, but Bridich added that no deal is imminent. Rubin hears the Mets like left-handed reliever Rex Brothers, who struggled for Colorado in 2014 but registered a sparkling 1.74 ERA across 67 1/3 innings in 2013. The Mets are also said to want a right-handed corner outfielder.

Gee owns solid a 3.91 ERA and 1.288 WHIP through 639 2/3 career innings at the major league level.

The 28-year-old right-hander carries two more years of arbitration eligibility.

Clayton Kershaw shut down with “an arm kind of thing”

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Spring training is just underway but Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is already being shut down indefinitely.

Kershaw threw two bullpen sessions this week and, as the Los Angeles Times reports, he “didn’t feel right” afterward. Manager Dave Roberts said it was “arm kind of thing,” which, viva specificity. Roberts did allow that it might be so-called “dead arm” but it’s too soon to know. For now he’ll be working out as usual but not throwing.

Kershaw has had an increasing number of nagging injuries and ailments over the past several seasons, limiting him to 26 starts last year, 27 the year before and 21 in 2016. Whether this is something serious or not is unknown, but at least he’s experiencing it now instead of the middle of the season.