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Mets shopping Dillon Gee, Rockies among teams linked to the right-hander

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How many teams will be connected to Gee before he actually gets traded? (So far, quite a few!)

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The New York Mets believe they can trade starter Dillon Gee, but at the moment, the talk and rumors surrounding the right-hander are all over the place. The Rockies are perhaps the most likely suitors, with Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reporting on Wednesday that they had interest in Gee, though Newsday's Mark Carig reported that Rex Brothers, the Rockies reliever rumored to be involved in a potential deal, was not in talks at the moment.

These reports came a day after the New York Post's Joel Sherman tweeted that the Royals, Rangers and Giants were the "most serious" among the teams pursuing Gee. Sherman then followed that up with a report on Wednesday that the Twins are interested in Gee and fellow right-hander Bartolo Colon, though the Mets' lack of interest in Twins shortstop Eduardo Escobar would likely halt any possibility of a deal between the two sides.

With so many teams in the mix and none of the talks really advancing into the final stages (at least as far as we know), it's very difficult to speculate as to where Gee will end up. The right-hander will likely fetch a decent but unspectacular return, given his mediocre performance during the last three years (4.00, 3.62 and 4.10 ERAs in 2014, 2013 and 2012, respectively). His career ERA+ of 93 won't wow anyone, nor will his relatively limited innings totals throughout the four-plus years of his big league career.

Carig does shine some light on the situation, noting that the Mets are "keeping it wide open" about potential return pieces but could take a right-handed bat or a left-handed reliever. The Denver Post's Patrick Saunders adds that the two sides have talked specific players, which at the very least indicates mutual interest.