Matt Harvey trade rumors are alive and well. Can the New York Mets find a partner and strike a deal?
Personally, I don’t get why a team would trade for Harvey. He’s not just a pitcher who lost his talent. He’s a locker room freight train going off the tracks. Teams need to worry about his character.
This hasn’t stopped the rumor mill from circulating some stories about which teams are in and which are out on acquiring Harvey from the Mets.
In particular, three teams seem to have a real desire to land Harvey via trade.
San Francisco Giants
Things didn’t start well for the San Francisco Giants this season. Another season with injuries to the starting staff has hurt their playoff chances. They’re still very much alive and bolstering the rotation with a man with Harvey’s resume could give them an edge over their division rivals.
Johnny Cueto recently suffered an injury, furthering this rumor I’m sure Scott Boras didn’t create. Madison Bumgarner is on the sidelines too, leaving the Giants at a disadvantage they didn’t think they would face.
San Francisco is a good place for Harvey to pitch. The ballpark is known to favor pitchers and they have enough locker room leaders in place to keep him in check. Buster Posey is a professional catcher who would most certainly tell Harvey what he needs to hear.
Of all the places rumored for Harvey, I like this one most.
When we think of the word desperation, no one should have more than the Seattle Mariners. Their postseason drought is the longest in baseball. With the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Angels playing out of their minds again, winning the division is a lot harder.
The Mariners aren’t shy about taking chances. General manager Jerry Dipoto loves transactions. A trade for Harvey would definitely fit into what he does best: make deals.
The Mariners do need a starter pretty badly right now. All of their guys have struggled with ERAs over 4.00. This includes former Cy Young winner Felix Hernandez.
Harvey could help the Mariners or join an already volatile situation. If everything in Seattle falls apart, I could see things getting really ugly in the Northwest.
Finally, the last team I see mentioned in the latest Mets rumors about Harvey are the Texas Rangers. They love adding starting pitchers who have seen better days. Unfortunately, this odd plan has not worked whatsoever in 2018.
The best starting pitcher on the Rangers this season has been Bartolo Colon. This tells you something about how much they would love to get Harvey then cross their fingers for the best.
Put Harvey in Texas and you may ask for an inflated ERA. While I cannot argue against the environment off the field, I think the summer heat in Arlington may hurt his performance.
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