Published on March 3rd, 2015 | by Josh Chapdelaine2
Will the Mets and Rangers match for Gee, Profar?
The New York Mets and Texas Rangers may match for a deal that will send Dillon Gee and, “additional pieces,” to the Rangers for Jurickson Profar, reports MLB Daily Dish’s Chris Cotillo.
The Mets were looking to deal Gee this offseason, but the team was unable to complete a trade in an oversaturated pitching market. Gee, 28, is set to serve as a long-man out of the bullpen, but the Mets presumably prefer to shed his $5.3 million salary.
Profar was ranked Baseball America’s No. 1 prospect in 2013, but the 22-year-old has struggled with a balky shoulder and did not play in 2014. He underwent shoulder surgery on Feb. 23, and will miss the entire 2015 season.
A deal involving Profar makes sense for the Mets, though not so much for the Rangers. Despite missing two seasons, the former top prospect will only be 23 when he returns next year and is under team control through 2020. Meanwhile, the Rangers’ rotation is fairly deep, and Gee will hit free agency following the 2016 season.
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