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Dillon Gee signs a minor league deal with the Royals


UPDATE: Per Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan, Gee’s deal with the Royals could max out around $5.3 million if he reaches certain incentives. Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports that he could opt out of his contract by March 2. That’s an earlier opt-out date than we normally see, which could give him enough time to find another opportunity elsewhere if the Royals don’t see him as a fit.

6:47 p.m. ET: After being cast aside by the Mets due to the influx of young arms in their rotation, free agent right-hander Dillon Gee has signed a minor league contract with the Royals, reports CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman.

Gee was a rotation staple with the Mets from 2011-2014 while posting a 4.01 ERA (90 ERA+) with 6.6 K/9 and 2.8 BB/9, but he struggled to the tune of a 5.90 ERA through seven starts and one relief appearance this past season prior to being designated for assignment in June. No team wanted to take on the remainder of his contract, so he passed through waivers unclaimed and finished the season at the Triple-A level before opting for free agency in October.

There could be opportunity with the defending World Series champions, but that Gee had to settle for a minor league deal shows how far his stock has fallen over the past year.

Brewers have 3 positive COVID tests at alternate site

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.

Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.

The entire camp was placed in quarantine.

“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”

Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.

The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.

“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”