The Mets and Matt Harvey have lastly — totally — parted methods.
On the clock to commerce him earlier than he would possibly turn into a free agent, the Mets salvaged one thing out of Harvey, buying and selling him on Tuesday to the group they occur to be going through this week, the Cincinnati Reds. Harvey, probably the greatest pitchers in baseball lower than three years in the past, will now be a reclamation challenge on the worst group in baseball.
In trade for Harvey, the Mets acquired money and the oft-injured catcher Devin Mesoraco, who was within the Reds’ beginning lineup for Tuesday night time’s recreation till the commerce was introduced just below an hour earlier than first pitch. Mesoraco, 29, then switched clubhouses at Nice American Ball Park earlier than his former group beat the Mets, 7-2.
Harvey, additionally 29, is not going to face his former group this week, as he’ll be a part of the Reds for his or her subsequent sequence in Los Angeles in opposition to the Dodgers starting Thursday. His efficiency declined considerably after some accidents, and he had struggled each as a starter and as a reliever this season.
Harvey’s tenure with the Mets got here to an finish after they designated him for project Saturday following his refusal to take a minor league project, which was inside his rights. The Mets had seven days to commerce or launch him if he cleared waivers.
Tuesday’s deal is basically a swap of gamers to fill wants. The Reds entered Tuesday with the worst document in baseball and a pitching workers that was largely accountable. The Mets desired catching assist due to accidents to their two starters on the place: Travis d’Arnaud (who had season-ending Tommy John surgical procedure) and Kevin Plawecki (who is predicted to return later this month from a fractured left hand). Their fill-ins, the journeyman Jose Lobaton and the rookie Tomas Nido, mixed to hit .156 with zero house runs in 33 video games getting into Tuesday.
Mesoraco has been barely higher; he hit .220 with one house run in 18 video games. He was as soon as an All-Star, in 2014, when he hit .273 with 25 house runs. However within the 2015-2017 seasons, he hit .191 in simply 95 video games due to a litany of well being points together with operations on each hips, a damaged foot, and surgical procedure on his left shoulder.
The Mets are hoping a now-healthy Mesoraco can assist.
Harvey, who wished to stay a beginning pitcher, will now pitch at a house run-friendly stadium in Cincinnati. With some tweaks, the Reds can maybe repair Harvey and flip him for a greater return than Mesoraco may have garnered on the July commerce deadline. Different groups have been desirous about Harvey, however the Reds have been aggressive and match the Mets’ wants.
The Reds owed Mesoraco simply over $13 million this season, the ultimate 12 months on his contract extension, and the Mets owed Harvey $5.6 million this season, the ultimate 12 months earlier than he was eligible at no cost company. Every group will solely pay the remaining wage for the participant they dealt, mentioned an individual aware of the deal, that means the Mets is not going to pay further for Mesoraco.
With the intention to make room for Mesoraco on the lively roster, the Mets positioned Frazier on the 10-day disabled record with a left hamstring pressure. Earlier than Tuesday’s recreation, Mets Supervisor Mickey Callaway advised reporters that Frazier had been coping with some discomfort for weeks however that it worsened in Monday’s recreation. In a sputtering Mets lineup, Frazier had been probably the most constant threats to get on base.
To assist, the Mets are anticipated to name up infield prospect Luis Guillorme from Class AAA Las Vegas.