By the end of May, Zack Wheeler’s call-up seemed imminent, and it was clear a rotation member would have to be sacrificed to make room for Wheeler.
Since then, Dillon Gee has gone from the inevitable sacrifice to a shoo-in for the rotation.
Gee’s season stats are nothing inspiring at 5-7 with a 4.56 ERA and 1.44 WHIP, but in his last four starts, he has looked like an ace.
In 29.1 innings, Gee is 3-1 with a dominant 32/4 K/BB ratio, as well as a 1.55 ERA and 0.96 WHIP. Gee recently was sacked with an unfortunate loss, giving up a walk-off two-run homer in a 2-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves. However, he was otherwise superb in his 8.1 innings, allowing just five hits and one walk with six strikeouts.
The Mets have a plethora of great young arms. Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler are just the beginning. Gee, though, has already developed into a solid back-of-the-rotation starter who the Mets could rely on.
Depending on the return package, the Mets would be foolish not to consider trading Gee this season.
Gee is currently in top form heading into the trade deadline. Last offseason, the Mets stole away two of Toronto's top three prospects and a promising international outfielder from the Blue Jays in a deal for R.A. Dickey, who was also at the top of his game at the time.
So far, Dickey has been fairly good, but not his former NL Cy Young Award self. If the Mets can get a high-ceiling prospect for Gee, they certainly have to consider a trade.
While the Mets would obviously suffer without Gee this season, that doesn’t even matter.
The team is not trying to contend in 2013, and some of the great young arms that could replace Gee in the coming years include Rafael Montero, Noah Syndergaard or Jacob deGrom.
Gee does have some long-term potential as a Met, but if they can get a contending team to overpay for Gee like they were able to do with Dickey, the Mets must pull the trigger.