Matt Harvey is traded for Devin Mesoraco
It’s not a shock that Matt Harvey was traded. Even with the amazing start to his career, anyone can get traded. It’s what he was traded for which lands him on this list.
Back in early 2018, the Dark Knight was struggling as a starting pitcher for the Mets. The team attempted to move him to the bullpen. This didn’t go over very well with the former New York star. The relationship between Harvey and the organization became worse than ever, eventually leading to him getting designated for assignment.
Even in his brief peak, Mesoraco was never the level of player Harvey was. And by the time he arrived to the Mets, he was an obvious backup catcher and nothing more.
Meanwhile, the Reds were hopeful Harvey had something left in the tank. They haven’t been afraid of taking on fallen stars in recent years. It worked out well for them in 2019 when they acquired Sonny Gray from the New York Yankees. They weren’t so lucky with Harvey who walked into free agency after a mediocre 2018 campaign.
Harvey did get another contract for the 2019 season but put together a miserable year with the Los Angeles Angels. His future in the major leagues is now questionable. During the 2015 World Series, nobody would have guessed he’d burn out this quickly let alone only net the Mets a catcher with little value.