The New York Mets are willing to trade right-hander Matt Harvey, according to a story by the New York Daily News’ Kristie Ackert.
Ackert reports that the Mets would like to deal Harvey for a reliever, but notes that they are also seeking a second baseman. With a less than impressive farm system, the Mets may have to trade big league assets to get a deal done. However, the Mets are more willing to deal Harvey than they are Robert Gsellman or Seth Lugo.
Harvey, who will be 29 before the start of the 2018 season, had the worst season of his pro career in 2017 and has not shown his All-Star form since 2015. Harvey went 5-7 with a 6.70 ERA and 1.69 WHIP in 19 appearances including 18 starts. He is in his last arbitration eligible season, as he will be a free agent after next season.
Harvey was once the ace of the Mets staff from 2012-2015. Despite not pitching in 2014 due to Tommy John Surgery, Harvey was 25-18 with a 2.53 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, and 9.5 K/9 over that span. He also made an All-Star appearance and was fourth in the Cy Young race in 2013. However, since 2016, Harvey has gone 9-16 with a 5.78 ERA, 1.58 WHIP, and 6.9 K/9.
Because of his struggles, the Dark Night’s trade value is at an all-time low, but the Mets could include him as a centerpiece in a deal for teams who are willing to take him on as a flyer if they believe he can find his stuff to become a serviceable pitcher once again. Two teams that could immediately enter the mix as clubs who have openings in the rotation with an abundance of depth in the bullpen include the Brewers and the Yankees. This is something to keep an eye on at the Winter Meetings, and Mets GM Sandy Alderson has already said that no player is untouchable this week.