Previewing the Minnesota Twins impending free agents

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Glen Perkins of the Minnesota Twins pitches against the Detroit Tigers. (Photo by Andy King/Getty Images)
Glen Perkins of the Minnesota Twins pitches against the Detroit Tigers. (Photo by Andy King/Getty Images) /
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Dillon Gee

Gee was a late developer, reaching the majors at 24 years old with the Mets in 2010, in spite of being a pick out of college in 2007. Gee then went about providing a very solid back end starter to the Mets over the next four seasons before being “pushed” out of the role by the influx of young power arms into the Mets rotation.

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Going elsewhere for Gee has not been a great experience, pitching for one season with the Royals in 2016 to a 4.68 ERA and 1.46 WHIP over 125 innings as a swing man, making 33 appearances, 14 of them starts, with a 37/89 BB/K ratio.

Gee is not a guy with an overpowering fastball, but in a swing man role, he’s a quality pitcher that can offer multiple innings in the bullpen. The Twins got just that out of Gee after they signed him once he was released by the Texas Rangers in June. The Twins signed him four days later, and after some time in Rochester, Gee came up to the Twins in early August.

As the Twins surged toward the playoffs, Gee was a vital piece of the pitching staff, making 14 appearances, starting 3 of them, picking up a save and winning 3 games. He threw 36 1/3 innings with a 3.22 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, and a 9/31 BB/K ratio.

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Gee will be an interesting case. As a free agent, he’ll be making likely little money, as he was non-tendered rather than pay him in arbitration last season in his last season of arbitration. It’d be likely that he’ll draw a salary of at least $2-3M, but how much more than that his market will go will determine the Twins’ interest in bringing him back, most likely.

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