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.