Dillon Gee expected to replace Zack Wheeler in Mets’ rotation

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With the news that Zack Wheeler has a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and is likely facing Tommy John surgery, Mets manager Terry Collins told Matt Ehalt of the Bergen Record this afternoon that Dillon Gee is expected to take his spot in the starting rotation.

“It’s baseball and they know things can happen. We have to pick ourselves up. I think we got the right guy,” Collins said after the Mets lost 4-3 to Boston. “Dillon is a good pitcher. We’re going to ask him to do what he does and that’s give us quality innings.

Gee was a trade candidate for most of the offseason, but the Mets were unable to find the right deal for him and they look pretty fortunate to still have that depth today. This isn’t to say that he’s a great option or even has the upside of Wheeler, but he owns a 3.91 ERA (93 ERA+) in the majors and can do fine in the back of the rotation.

The Mets still have solid (albeit unproven depth) beyond Gee, with prospects Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, and Rafael Montero close to the majors. Some would understandably like to see Syndergaard get a look over Gee out of the gate, but odds are he’ll end up logging significant innings at the big league level this season regardless.

Report: Red Sox to sign Zack Godley

Red Sox sign Zack Godley
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Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports that the Red Sox are nearing an agreement with pitcher Zack Godley. It is still unclear whether the contract will be of the minor or major league variety.

Godley, 30, was with the Tigers on a minor league contract but the club released him in early April. The right-hander pitched for the Diamondbacks and Blue Jays last season, amassing 92 innings with a 5.97 ERA and a 70/42 K/BB ratio. Godley was quite solid for the D-Backs in 2017, posting a 3.37 ERA over 155 innings, so the Red Sox are hoping to see that version of him.

The Red Sox need starting pitching depth with Chris Sale out for the year due to Tommy John surgery and Eduardo Rodríguez sidelined because of a positive COVID-19 test. Collin McHugh is also still on the mend from an elbow injury. The starting rotation at the moment includes Nathan Eovaldi, Martín Pérez, Ryan Weber, and Brian Johnson. It is certainly the club’s biggest weakness.

The Red Sox open up the 2020 regular season at home against the Orioles on July 24. Eovaldi would seem to be the one to get the Opening Day nod. Godley could slot in anywhere else in the rotation, from No. 2 to 5.