The Mets don’t want to see Jacob deGrom pitching for the Yankees. How about Matt Harvey for the Nationals?
Washington and Cincinnati have had trade talks, with the Nats showing interest in Harvey and reliever Raisel Iglesias, Fancred reported Tuesday morning.
The Reds’ flipping process is nearly complete, as a team far out of the playoff hunt acquired the fallen Mets ace on May 8 for Devin Mesoraco, who was Cincinnati’s backup catcher. The 29-year-old Harvey has made 10 starts with the Reds, recently finding consistency. He’s 3-0 in his past three outings with a 1.47 ERA, striking out 14 in 18 1/3 innings. His velocity appears to have returned after his thoracic outlet surgery in 2016.
The Reds’ goal was to take on Harvey, fix him up and trade him for a better haul than Mesoraco. And even if Harvey — a free agent after this season — regresses, they may be able to do that.
For the Nationals, Max Scherzer, Gio Gonzalez and Tanner Roark are solid at the top of the rotation, as they await Stephen Strasburg’s return, but filling out the staff has been a problem. Jeremy Hellickson just came off the DL on Saturday, and their current No. 5 starter is rookie Erick Fedde, who has a 6.00 ERA in five starts.
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