Maybe the Mets have a prayer of getting something back for Matt Harvey.
While it has been largely assumed the former star pitcher would be an unlikely trade candidate due to the $4.6 million remaining on his contract and would end up being released after being designated for assignment Saturday, MLB Network reported Monday the Rangers “have mild trade interest” in Harvey. Dan Warthen, Texas’ assistant pitching coach, was the Mets’ pitching coach during Harvey’s peak years as a starter.
Though Harvey, 29, has a 7.00 ERA this season, the Rangers might be willing to take the small risk, with their rotation currently boasting a combined 5.20 ERA.
Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto also acknowledged Harvey still has enough ability to be successful and believes leaving New York could revive his career.
“He’s extremely talented, and some of that is gonna be relative to the finance, but there’s something in there,” Dipoto said on MLB Radio Network. “He still has plenty of velocity, he still has a good breaking ball, maybe he needs a change of scenery. We’ll have to see.”
The Giants could be another potential suitor, but only if Harvey becomes a free agent. San Francisco Chronicle beat reporter Henry Schulman reported that “some in the organization still like his arm,” but he believes Harvey would only be an option as a free agent.
The Giants have a need, with starter Johnny Cueto being diagnosed with a sprained elbow, which is expected to keep him out at least six weeks.
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