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Former Twins Right-Handed Pitcher Dillon Gee Will Play In Japan This Season

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Right-handed pitcher Dillon Gee signed a one-year contract with the Chunichi Dragons of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball Organization on Thursday.

The deal was reported by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Gee will reportedly receive between $1.5 million and $2 million as well as incentives.

Gee originally came up through the New York Mets organization. He made his Major League debut in September of 2010. Gee spent six seasons with the Mets and was mostly utilized as a starting pitcher. In 114 appearances for the Mets (110 starts), he went 40-37 with a 4.03 ERA.

Prior to the 2016 season, Gee signed a minor league contract with the Kansas City Royals. He went 8-9 with an ERA of 4.68 in 33 appearances for the Royals (14 starts). In January of 2017, Gee signed a minor league deal with the Texas Rangers. He only appeared in four games for the Rangers during the 2017 season, posting an ERA of 4.15.

Gee elected free agency in June of 2017, and ended up signing a minor league contract with the Minnesota Twins a couple of days later. He pitched well for the Twins in the short time that he was with them, going 3-2 with a 3.22 ERA in 14 appearances (3 starts).

Considering that he was not drawing a lot of attention in free agency this offseason, Gee decided to sign with the Chunichi Dragons. He will now have the chance to reinvent himself in Japan for one season, with the hope being that he can get back into the MLB as a starting pitcher. He has shown some potential as a starter throughout his career, but has always had problems with consistency. Hopefully, playing in Japan will help Gee resurrect his career.

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Rays Recall Austin Meadows

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The Tampa Bay Rays have recalled outfielder Austin Meadows to their active roster, according to the Tampa Bay Times’ Marc Tompkin.

In addition to Meadows, right handers Austin Pruitt and Chih-Wei Hu, along with lefty Hoby Milner, will be joining the big league roster.

Meadows, 23, posted a  .292/.327/.468 line over 165 plate appearances for the Pittsburgh Pirates earlier this season, prior to being sent over in exchange for starting pitcher Chris Archer.

 

 

 

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Orioles’ Adam Jones Discusses Vetoed Trade, Free Agency

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Baltimore Orioles veteran outfielder Adam Jones has seen the organization undergo a major rebuild, and have traded away pieces to start from scratch. Jones was expected to be traded but it has been reported that the veteran exercised his 10-and-5 rights to veto a trade that would’ve sent him from Baltimore to the Phillies shortly before the non-waiver trade deadline.

“It just wasn’t right for me” Jones said, during an interview with Sara Perlman of MASNsports.com.

“I was playing center field at the time, and they wanted me to go play right field and platoon. That was the situation there, and it’s understandable. That’s how their roster was constructed, and that’s National League ball — double-switch and all that kind of stuff. … It wasn’t the right move for me, especially going into free agency. I’m not going into free agency looking like I’m [Nolan] Arenado, [Manny] Machado or [Bryce] Harper — obviously not — but I want to continue to create and maintain my stock. Going there to platoon, obviously in a good environment, a winning environment, would’ve hurt me in the long run. If I was 36, 37, a little older and toward the end of it all, of course — that would’ve been a very ideal and smart move, because it’d make sense. … I wish the Phillies the best, because I believe they have a really good team.”

Jones also discussed his pending free agency, adding, “Whoever wants me to run around [in the outfield] for them, whether it’s center, right, left, I could care less. I just want to play.”

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Yankees Activate Aaron Judge

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The New York Yankees have activated slugger Aaron Judge for tonight;s game, manager Aaron Boone said, according to SNY’s Andy Martino.

Judge has not been cleared to hit in a live game, he will be able to play in the field and run the bases while he finished his preparations for his full return. Although Judge isn’t fully back, this step is welcomed for a Yankees team that his been dreadful at the plate for over a month, and has seen their lead for the top Wild Card spot dwindle.

 

 

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