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Dillon Gee Stays, D.J. Carrasco Goes

Posted By Howard Megdal On April 24, 2011 @ 6:26 pm In On the DL,Player moves | Comments Disabled

With Chris Young scheduled to start Tuesday in Washington, the Mets activated Young from the Disabled List, but chose not to demote Dillon Gee.

Instead, Gee stays with New York, while D.J. Carrasco heads to Triple-A Buffalo.

This move makes sense for many reasons. Gee pitched well, while Carrasco hadn’t pitched in a week. This way, Gee continues to work as a long man, something the Mets tried to get from Carrasco, though he wasn’t stretched out. And Carrasco will lengthen with a pair of starts at Buffalo, at least.

Carrasco is signed to a two-year deal, so the Mets can get him properly aligned for the role he can best perform in over the longer term.

And Gee, much as some would like him to be, isn’t a star in the making. Even at Triple-A, his ERA gets inflated by too many slow fastballs and straight changeups, neutralizing his strong ability to miss bats and throw strikes. Not that he can’t help- he’s just more of a back-of-the-rotation type, or a long man.

Good to see the Mets evaluating and using a player properly. The Sandy Alderson Era may only be 9-13 so far, but he has plenty of wins in the roster construction category.

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