UPDATE: Kansas City has added Gee to the 40-man roster, so his ultimatum got the job done. He won’t be opting out.
Dillon Gee‘s minor-league contract with the Royals includes an opt-out clause and Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports that the veteran right-hander has told the team he will use it if he’s not added to the 40-man roster within the next 48 hours.
Kansas City could add Gee to the 40-man roster without exposing anyone to waivers by shifting left-hander Mike Minor to the 60-day disabled list. They’d only do so if they felt Gee was worth keeping around, obviously, but early indications are that the Royals have been impressed by how he looks coming off an injury wrecked season with the Mets.
Gee’s deal is non-guaranteed, but if he cracks the Opening Day roster it would be worth $2 million in upfront money and as much as $5 million once incentives are factored in. He spent the first six seasons of his career as a starter for the Mets, posting a 4.03 ERA and 489/216 K/BB ratio in 679 innings through age 29.
Triple plays are rare. Triple plays in which only two players touch the ball are even more rare. But last night the Texas Rangers turned a triple play that was even more rare than that. Indeed, it was the sort of triple play that had not been turned since a couple of months after the Titanic sank.
Here’s how it went down:
With the bases loaded and nobody out in the fourth inning, David Fletcher of the Angels hit a sharp one-hopper, fielded by third baseman Jurickson Profar. He stepped on third, getting the runner on second base in a force out. He then quickly tagged Taylor Ward, who had been on third base but had broken, thinking the ball was going to get through, and who froze before figuring out what to do. Profar then threw to Rougned Odor, who stepped on second to force the runner out who had been on first. Watch:
Like a lot of weird triple plays, not everyone was sure what had happened immediately. Odor, for example, had already made the third out when he touched the bag but he still attempted to tag out the runner from first, likely not yet having processed it all. The announcer wasn’t aware of it either. Understandable given how fast it all happened. It took me a couple of times watching it to figure it all out.
The historic part of it: according to STATS, Inc., it was the first triple play in 106 years in which the batter was not retired. The last time it happened: June 3, 1912, turned by the Brooklyn Dodgers against the Cincinnati Reds.