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That was fast: Dillon Gee joins Twins

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The veteran pitcher signed a minor-league deal on Tuesday.

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I dunno about the goatee, Dillon.
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The Twins capped a very long Thursday (5-hour rain delay, another truly wretched outing from a non-Santana/Berrios starter, another Chris Gimenez relief appearance) by making a couple roster moves.

As noted by Myjah, the Twins sent down Nik Turley and placed Ehire Adrianza on the DL. After another day of churning through bullpen arms, they’re calling up two pitchers: reliever and 2014 draft pick Trevor Hildenberger (interviewed by Myjah here) and veteran free agent arm Dillon Gee.

Gee, 30, has been around the block, and is pretty clearly an example of the Boy Wonders throwing something at the wall and hoping it sticks. He’s spent most of 2017 toiling for the Texas Rangers’ Triple-A Round Rock affiliate, posting a 3.88 ERA. To be clear, if he is anywhere near that for the Twins, there will be a line around Target Field to give him lingering, uncomfortable hugs. (In four appearances and one start for Texas this year, he gave up four home runs. So, yeah.)

After spending most of his career the New York Mets baseball programme, Gee is perhaps most familiar to Twins for his work with the Kansas City Royals last year. He started four times against Minnesota last year, often against current reliever Tyler Duffey, winning once and losing twice. (Fun with “oh, yeah, him” in those box scores: Kevin Jepsen saved the first game; Michael Tonkin and Pat Dean relieved Duffey in the third; Pat Light got tagged in the final game.)

Other things to know about him:

  • His old man has a tractor:
  • He is a native of Cleburne, Texas, home of former scrappy major leaguer Spike Owen and Del Sharbutt, who composed the Campbell’s Soup jingle.
  • He is not related to “Wendell Gee”, a song off R.E.M’s difficult and moody third album, Fables of the Reconstruction (h/t John Shipley):

Welcome to Minnesota, Dillon.