On Monday, the Mets designated pitcher Dillon Gee for assignment.

The Mets now have 10 days to trade the pitcher, release him, or if he clears waivers, accept his assignment to Triple-A Las Vegas.

This situation represents a colossal failure on the Mets part, in my mind.

We heard a lot of speculation about the Mets trading Gee in the offseason because of a crowded system of stockpiled arms that had seemingly squeezed Gee out of the rotation. After Zack Wheeler's injury in Spring Training, Gee found himself back in, but a groin injury and a 5.90 ERA have hampered his 2015.

Regardless of Gee's struggles, he should have been useful to the Mets in some way. He started more than 17 games in each of the last four seasons in New York. He is a serviceable big-league arm who has a career 40-37 record.

If the Mets didn't have a place for him, they should have traded him for a bat early in the Spring. He's only 29: He's of use to someone, even if it's not in New York.

Lets hope this designation means that the Mets have a deal in place to trade him already, because if they don't, and he ends up released, or in AAA, it's a wasted opportunity for the Blue and Orange.