Front offices across all sports regularly make cold, calculated decisions about their athletes. It's the nature of the business and a necessary route to success.
But, rarely do teams say that publically like Reds general manager Dick Williams did about Matt Harvey.
When the Mets DFA'd the former star, the Reds were one of the teams that had interest in the pitcher. They acquired Harvey by sending Devin Mesoraco to the Mets.
"We're looking at him more opportunistically,'' Reds general manager Dick Williams said via Jorge L. Ortiz of USA Today Sports.
Williams' best hope is that he can turn Harvey into an 'asset'.
"It was a bit of a reclamation project because the current perception of his performance has been down, so we definitely right now view it as a chance to create a positive arbitrage," Williams said. "If he plays well, it helps us win and then may create one of those assets that we can figure out how it best helps us going forward.''
Harvey is 0-0 over two starts with the Reds, allowing three runs in eight innings (3.38 ERA) with seven strikeouts and no walks. With the Mets this season, Harvey had a 7.00 ERA over 27 innings with 20 strikeouts and 9 walks.