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.
Source: RHP Dillon Gee in agreement with Japan’s Chunichi Dragons. The deal, which is pending a physical, is for one year between $1.5M and $2M, and also includes incentives. Gee, 32 in April, plans to re-establish himself as a starter in Japan, then return to majors in ‘19.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 4, 2018
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.