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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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Blue Jays Have “Legitimate Interest” In Jake Odorizzi

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The Toronto Blue Jays are looking to make a splash in free agency and have their sights set on pitcher Jake Odorizzi, according to Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi.

The Blue Jays have already conducted a sit-down meeting with Odorizzi’s agents.

Odorizzi, 29, is coming off come off arguably the best season of his career with the Minnesota Twins last season.

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Rangers to Target Top Free Agents

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The Texas Rangers are entering the offseason with plans of targeting some of the top tier free agents that will be available.

Rangers’ general manager Jon Daniels made it clear that he was ready to bring the Rangers back as a major player in the free agent market.

“This year, we are going to look at everything,” Daniels said, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant. “Our goal is to get better, period. There are a couple of spots more [available] than others. We have signed [top free agents] before and at some point I have to suspect we will again.”

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Yankees’ Brian Cashman Talks Gerrit Cole, Offseason Plans

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The New York Yankees expect to be busy this offseason, as they usually are, and among the teams trying to lure Gerrit Cole to join their rotation.

Yankees’ general manager Brian Cashman discussed Cole, as well as the upcoming offseason for the Bronx Bombers.

According to SNY’s Andy Martino, Cashman says that the Yankees will engage with both Houston Astros hurler Gerrit Cole and World Series Champion Washington Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg.

However, Cashman added that the Yankees already have a significant amount of money on the books, according to Newsday’s Erik Boland.

Cashman added that the Yankees will also explore the trade market, much like they did last season when they acquired James Paxton from the Seattle Seahawks, according to the New York Times’ James Wagner.

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