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Reds land disgruntled Matt Harvey from Mets

  • Matt Harvey's MLB career has taken a turn for the worst, but the Cincinnati Reds have decided to take a chance on his upside.
Modified 09 May 2018, 05:10 IST
Matt Harvey
Matt Harvey

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.

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.

Published 09 May 2018, 05:10 IST
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