Could the Mets and Rangers pull off a Gee-for-Profar trade?

M Baron“There is an expectation around baseball that Mets’ starter Dillon Gee could be traded at some point during spring training, and some in the game believe the Rangers may make a push to acquire him,” writes Chris Cotillo of SB nation.

Dillon Gee 1According to Cotillo, it’s possible the Rangers could send infielder Jurickson Profar to the Mets for Gee and, “some additional pieces.”

Considering Profar is out for the season, Cotillo says the Mets could look to, “buy low” on Profar.

During the Winter Meetings in December, the Rangers and Mets discussed a deal revolving around Gee, but nothing came to fruition, according to multiple reports.

Gee recently told reporters while he’d prefer to be a starting pitcher, he’d go to the bullpen if requested.

Last month, Sandy Alderson said in St. Lucie it’s unlikely he makes a trade during Spring Training, meaning they’re likely to break camp with Gee on the roster.

As Cotillo points out, after acquiring Yovani Gallardo from the Brewers earlier this winter, Gee could be the extra starter in Texas should they acquire him. So, he might not be a fit there on paper. Having said that, they could still be looking at Gee as an upgrade and insurance to what they have, as Derek Holland is coming back from an injury, Ross Detwiler hasn’t started a game since 2013, and they lack other quality options behind Gallardo.

However, it’s difficult for me to see the Mets considering Profar as an option, even if he can be had at a below-market cost. It also makes little sense for Texas to deal Profar – a top prospect – when his value is at it’s bottom.

The Mets were concerned about Profar’s right shoulder before it was determined he’d miss a second consecutive season after undergoing surgery on it last week. Even though Profar is still young and a top prospect, shoulders are so dicey – there’s no telling what he will be when or if he recovers. I often wondered if he’d have to switch positions upon returning; that would leave the Mets in a spot where they’d need to find another shortstop in the near-term.

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