Newcomer veteran Marcum interested in mentoring Gee

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- New Mets starter Shaun Marcum believes he can serve as a fine mentor to one of the younger pitchers on staff.

No, not top prospects Matt Harvey or Zack Wheeler -- they throw too hard for Marcum to help. But Dillon Gee possesses the same type of repertoire as Marcum, who has fashioned a successful career out of control and command.

"I've heard quite a bit about Dillon, how we're similar," Marcum said. "I'd like to sit down and talk with him about how he approaches the hitters, his game plans, stuff like that."

Though Gee also throws a few ticks harder than Marcum, he attacks batters with a similar five-pitch mix. Marcum relies more heavily on a cut fastball, which Gee stopped using as often last season, while Gee throws more straight fastballs and changeups.

Ultimately, their similarities could prompt manager Terry Collins to split those two up in the rotation, despite their unofficial statuses as New York's fourth and fifth starters.

Rotation slot aside, Marcum is simply happy for a fresh start in New York after missing significant time last season with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. He signed a one-year deal for $4 million with the Mets that could earn him up to another $4 million in incentives.

"The injury stuff's in the past," Marcum said upon his arrival at camp Monday. "I feel great. I'm feeling better than I have in a long time. It's about just going out there and getting ready for whenever I'm slotted in the rotation, and going out there and making all my starts."