A couple of teams have already contacted the New York Mets about starting pitcher Matt Harvey. He has one more year left on his contract and the Mets might be afraid to lose him for nothing if he doesn’t resign with them at the end of the season. Harvey’s record last season was 5-7 with a 6.70 ERA. In 92.2 innings, he gave up 110 hits and 70 runs. Harvey walked 47 batters and struck out 67.
He hasn’t been the same pitcher ever since his injury issues. The Mets should give Harvey a chance to revive his career under new manager Mickey Callaway, but if Harvey is going to be disinterested, you might as well trade him now. New York wants a reliever in return.
These two teams come to mind right away: The Baltimore Orioles and the New York Yankees. The Mets could get Brad Brach from the Orioles. Brach’s record last season with the Orioles was 4-5 with a 3.18 ERA. He has pitched in 68 innings. Brach gave up 56 hits and 28 runs. He walked 26 batters and struck out 69. That would be a good deal for both teams. I think the Mets would also ask for a prospect in return as well. Left-handed pitcher Zac Lowther would make sense in this case. His record in the minor leagues this past season was 2-2 with a 1.66 ERA. Lowther pitched in 54.1 innings and gave up 35 hits and 11 runs. He walked 11 batters and struck out 75. Lowther is projected to reach the majors in 2020. He is currently ranked #13 on Baltimore’s top 30 prospect list according to MLB.com.
As for a possible trade with the Yankees, Matt Harvey for reliever Chad Green, third baseman Miguel Andujar, and another prospect would make sense. Chad Green’s record last season was 5-0 with a 1.83 ERA. He pitched in 69 innings and gave up 34 hits and 14 runs. Green walked 17 batters and struck out 103.
Miguel Andujar’s batting average in the minors last season was .315 with 16 home runs and 82 RBI’s, along with five stolen bases. He also played in five MLB games. His batting average was .571 with four RBI’s. He has potential at the MLB level and the Mets could use a third baseman.
A prospect the Mets could get in return is a player like right-handed pitcher Ben Heller. He is ranked #21 on the Yankees top 30 prospect list according to MLB.com. In the minors last season, his record was 5-4 with a 2.88 ERA. In 56.1 innings pitched, he has given up 34 hits and 21 runs. He has walked 21 batters and struck out 82 batters. At the MLB level, his record was 1-0 with a 0.82 ERA. He pitched in 11 innings and gave up 11 hits and five runs. Heller walked six batters and struck out nine.
What are the possible teams Harvey could get traded to? It seems now the top contenders to land his services are the Los Angeles Angels, The Seattle Mariners, and the Chicago Cubs.