The New York Mets are fielding calls from the Padres, Giants and Rockies on the availability of RHP Dillon Gee, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.
The Padres, who have had arguably the busiest winter of any MLB team, could use Gee to help with the back end of the rotation. Despite all the activity on the trade market this offseason, the Padres have yet to make a single trade to bolster the rotation. A little over one month ago, GM A.J. Preller added free agent RHP Brandon Morrow on an incentive-laden one-year contract, but Morrow brings plenty of injury concerns. Over the past two seasons, the eight-year veteran has made just 16 starts. The addition of Gee would provide plenty of insurance in case Morrow's injuries remain an issue.
Although the Giants' rotation appears to be set for the 2015 season, a deeper look reveals a few concerns for the defending World Series Champs. Former All-Stars Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain return in 2015, but both are coming off subpar performances over the last two seasons. Tim Hudson proved to be a strong addition in 2014, but the veteran underwent surgery this month to remove bone spurs from his right ankle. Hudson is expected to miss at least part of Spring Training, which could delay his availability early in the season.
Along with Gee, the Rockies appear to be targeting free agent RHP Ryan Vogelsong, according to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports. Even if the Rockies land Vogelsong, they could pursue Gee in the trade market. Colorado is coming off a 2014 season in which they finished last in the NL with a 4.86 ERA. Although Coors Field plays a huge factor in those numbers, it should be noted that the Rockies had an NL-worst 4.65 ERA in away games.
Gee is coming off his fifth season with the Mets, and will enter the 2015 season with two years of team control remaining. Over his five years in New York, Gee has posted a 3.91 ERA over 103 starts.