Minnesota Twins: Pitcher Dillon Gee signed to Minor League Deal
The Minnesota Twins sign veteran pitcher Dillon Gee to a minor league deal in an attempt to bolster an injured and struggling pitching staff.
After a bad series against the Cleveland Indians, the Minnesota Twins lack of pitching depth was exposed again. Monday night the team looked to bolster their pitching staff with the signing of Dillon Gee to a minor league deal as reported by Jon Heyman.
The first connection was made earlier in the night by Darren Wolfson:
Gee has spent most of his career with the New York Mets, but also saw time with the Kansas City Royals and most recently the Texas Rangers. He has a career 48-46 record with a 4.13 ERA over 8 seasons of major league baseball. This year he has pitched 10 innings and hovered right around his career ERA at 4.15 for the Rangers.
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2013 is the season where Gee saw the most success as he pitched almost 200 innings for the Mets. He also added two complete games to his resume as he sported a 3.62 ERA. With this signing the Twins look to hope that Gee would be able to regain some of the confidence he had in that 2013 season and become a solid back end of the rotation option. Especially since said rotation has been shaky after Ervin Santana and Jose Berrios.
Performance and injuries both have caused the starting rotation to only have two regularly solid starting options. Phil Hughes is still working his way back from injury and there are reports that he is working as a reliever. Hector Santiago is working his way back from injury as well. In their absence we have seen guys like Adam Wilk and Nik Turley get their turn in the rotation with limited to no success.
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The Twins have been forced to look in unlikely places to find a competent starting pitcher. The front office has taken its look at all the replacement level type pitchers they have in the Twins system and will now have started to look elsewhere to find other options. Gee has to be happy to have a place where he will likely be given every chance to compete for a role in the Twins starting rotation.