There have been a number of rumors regarding Mets pitcher Matt Harvey today, and now Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic is reporting that the Orioles and Mets are discussing various players to bring the former ace to Baltimore.
With the Winter Meetings officially underway, the Mets essentially put Harvey on the block heading into this week indicating that they were preferably seeking a reliever, though they were also exploring options to play second base. Already, the Mets have been linked to the Rangers regarding a trade that involves Jurickson Profar.
Although Harvey struggled to a 6.70 ERA across 19 appearances in 2017, the right-hander is receiving significant interest with notable names involved. In his tweet, Rosenthal cited both Brad Brach and Darren O’Day as two potential names that could be sent to New York in return.
Brach, who turns 32 in April, has been one of the more used and effective relievers in the game since 2015. Last season, Brach pitched to a 3.18 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 67 appearances. Like Harvey, Brach is in his last arbitration eligible season, as he is set to hit free agency after next year.
As for O’Day, the O’s have also relied on the submarine pitcher quite frequently. In 2017, O’Day made 64 appearances pitching to a 3.43 ERA and 1.07 ERA. O’Day is owed $9-million in each of the next two seasons.
The Orioles are in desperate need of pitching help, particularly in the rotation as they pitched to a 27th ranked 4.97 ERA in 2017. With a plethora of depth in the bullpen, they may look to upgrade the rotation by subtracting from their bullpen. Both Brach and O’Day have made All-Star appearances over the past few seasons, and this could become an interesting one-for-one swap.