Reds land disgruntled Matt Harvey from Mets
The Cincinnati Reds landed beleaguered pitcher Matt Harvey from the New York Mets after he was designated for assignment last week.
In return for 2013 MLB All-Star Harvey, the Mets received catcher Devin Mesoraco and cash following Tuesday's announcement.
Harvey has struggled since 2015 when he went 13-8 with a 2.71 ERA with 188 strikeouts in 189.3 innings.
The 29-year-old was designated for assignment after refusing a demotion to the minor leagues. He is 0-2 with a 7.00 ERA this season, while also making his bullpen debut.
The #Reds have acquired RHP Matt Harvey from the Mets in exchange for C Devin Mesoraco and cash. Harvey will join the team later this week in Los Angeles. The Reds have also selected the contract of C Tony Cruz from the Triple-A @LouisvilleBats. pic.twitter.com/n4mCjfbWXK— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) May 8, 2018
Similar to Harvey, Mesoraco has run into tough times in recent seasons, mainly due to injuries.
He hit 25 home runs with 80 RBIs in 114 games in 2014, but has played in just 113 games with seven home runs since.
It is unclear whether the Reds acquired Harvey for the rotation or the bullpen, but they have the worst record in baseball (8-27), meaning they can take some chances on the former Mets pitcher regaining his previous elite form.