NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Mets are working hard to trade starting pitcher Dillon Gee, according to ESPNNewYork.com.

Of New York’s veteran starting pitchers — including Bartolo Colon and Jon Niese — Gee appears to have the least value.

With Matt Harvey returning after missing all of last season and Noah Syndergaard likely to enter the rotation in 2015, the Mets have a surplus of starting pitching. Harvey, National League Rookie of the Year Jacob deGrom and Zack Wheeler are likely untouchable.

The website reports that general manager Sandy Alderson has approached the Royals about trading Gee. Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com also reports that the Mets and Rangers will have discussions regarding both Gee and Niese at the Winter Meetings in San Diego this week.

On Monday, Alderson told reporters that he’s not actively shopping the 41-year-old Colon, who is due $11 million next season.

“We like Bartolo,” Alderson said. “We like him for the money he’s signed this season. Frankly, we’re not looking to trade him.”

Gee, 28, is under team control for two more seasons. He will earn roughly $5 million in 2015.

The right-hander went 7-8 with 4.00 ERA in 22 starts for the Mets last season. He struggled with command and was hurt by the long ball, walking 43 and surrendering 18 home runs in 137 1/3 innings pitched.

“We expect to have conversations about pitching while we’re here,” Alderson said on Monday.  “I’m not sure we’ll do anything while we’re here, but I expect to have conversations and get a better idea if it’s possible.”

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