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Mets give away Dillon Gee's number before he's officially gone

TORONTO -- Dillon Gee is not officially outta here yet, and already his number has been given away by the New York Mets.

Logan Verrett, called up from Triple-A Las Vegas, has been given No. 35, according to the club. That's the number Gee has worn his entire six-year career with the Mets.

A Mets official said Verrett requested the number, which he wore in the minors, although the club still had the call on issuing it.

Gee remains in the designated-for-assignment process, which began Monday. The Mets have a week to trade him. If they fail to do so, general manager Sandy Alderson has indicated the Mets would send Gee to Vegas.

Remaining with the organization would open the possibility of Gee returning to the majors at some point this season if a need arises through injury or otherwise, since the Mets would be paying the remainder of his $5.3 million contract anyway.

Of course, this all becomes moot if the Mets trade Gee in the next few days. And maybe it is headed that direction since his number already has been reissued.