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Pitcher Matt Harvey was a critical piece in the New York Mets‘ 2015 World Series appearance, but he has been a shell of himself since and will look to reestablish his dominance on a new team after being traded to the Cincinnati Reds.
With New York already in Cincinnati for a three-game series, Harvey will only have to change locker rooms.
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports provided a breakdown of the money situation for each side:
Source: Reds paying remainder of Mesoraco’s $13.125M salary. Mets paying remainder of Harvey’s $5.625M.
This comes after the Mets designated the right-hander for assignment in May. According to Tim Healey of Newsday, general manager Sandy Alderson said New York asked Harvey to go to the minor leagues, but the pitcher refused.
The exchange and subsequent DFA came after the Mets moved Harvey from the rotation to the bullpen. He tallied a 7.00 ERA in eight appearances for the team during the 2018 campaign, a far cry from what he did a few years prior.
The 2016 and 2017 seasons were disappointing for Harvey as well. He made only 17 starts in 2016 before he was shut down for the year to undergo surgery to correct thoracic outlet syndrome in his pitching arm. What’s more, he struggled in those starts and posted a 4-10 record with a 4.86 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 76 strikeouts in 92.2 innings.
He followed with a 6.70 ERA in 2017 as he battled injuries and made just 18 starts.
Before Harvey’s long-term health and performance became significant concerns, Adam Rubin of ESPN.com discussed the possibility of a new deal with the Mets after the pitcher arrived at the team’s camp in February 2016.
“Alderson indicated earlier this month that there were no current talks about extensions,” he wrote. “But Alderson suggested the topic could come up during spring training if mutual interest existed.”
The two sides never agreed to anything, ending the possibility of a loaded rotation featuring Harvey, Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard leading the National League East for years.
There was a time when Harvey was one of the most highly regarded pitchers in the league. He was an All-Star in 2013 with a 2.27 ERA and 0.93 WHIP in 26 starts, and expectations went through the roof in Queens. However, Tommy John surgery kept him out of action in 2014.
Not to be deterred, he earned the 2015 National League Comeback Player of the Year award and helped lead the Mets to the Fall Classic with a 2.71 ERA and 1.02 WHIP. One glance at Harvey’s stats entering what turned out to be a lackluster 2016 campaign suggests he is still a capable pitcher if he can rediscover his old form.
Harvey is only 29 years old, but the fact that he missed so much time in 2016 is concerning because he pitched a career-high 189.1 innings in 2015 before adding 26.2 in the postseason. There was controversy surrounding his usage in August 2015, when Harvey’s agent, Scott Boras, said the pitcher should be shut down after 180 innings.
Harvey surpassed that total and pitched in the playoffs, but injuries cut his 2016 effort short and will likely be a worry with this new contract.
Even with those health questions, Harvey’s ceiling clearly intrigued the Reds enough to take a chance on him following this signing. The right-hander is a postseason-tested veteran and has the opportunity to rectify his career on a new team after his Mets tenure came to an uninspiring end.
After an 8-27 start to the season, Cincinnati could provide the pitcher with a chance to reestablish himself in a low-pressure environment.
Meanwhile, the Mets receive a former All-Star in Devin Mesoraco, providing much-needed depth behind the plate with both Travis d’Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki out with injuries.
Published at Tue, 08 May 2018 22:34:01 +0000