What had long been speculated about the Mets unfortunately reached fruition today with the news Zack Wheeler’s year would end because of season-ending Tommy John surgery and would be replaced in the rotation by Dillon Gee.
“That’s why we have him,’’ manager Terry Collins told reporters after Monday’s 4-3 loss to Boston. “He’ll be the guy.’’
Gee is 40-34 with a 3.91 ERA in 103 career starts, but had been relegated to the bullpen after the Mets failed to trade him this winter.
If either opened the season in the major leagues and never went back to the minors they would become free agency after the 2020 season. If they were brought up after the 21st day of the season, that would delay free agency until after the 2021 season.
However, if they waited to promote either until summer, that delays the arbitration process by a year, which would mean untold savings.
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