The Mets have talked to at least two teams with interest in trading for RHP Matt Harvey, two sources recently told Daily News reporter Kristie Ackert.
On Monday night, Andy Martino reported that the Cubs are also among teams with interest in Harvey, but noted that it is not clear how much interest they have.
"Now the rumors are that teams are interested," Mets GM Sandy Alderson said Monday night at the Winter Meetings. "I think if the market is reaching out, that underscores the fact that there's value. So we're happy about that. But at the same time, we have high expectations for Matt this season. But the bottom line is, we're here to talk to people. So we're talking."
According to Ackert, one source said the Mets would like to trade Harvey for a relief pitcher.
"They seemed more willing to move him than (Robert) Gsellman or (Seth) Lugo," the source added.
Meanwhile, the Mets have reportedly had discussions with the Rangers regarding a trade involving Harvey and INF/OF Jurickson Profar, which you can read more about here.
Matthew Cerrone: Based on what I'm hearing, there are multiple teams that would consider dealing an impact reliever for Harvey, specifically the Orioles, Yankees, A's, and Brewers. In the case of Baltimore, they have two or three relievers they're reportedly open to dealing, including Zach Britton, who is earning $11 million next season and will be a free agent at the end of this season.
In the case of Oakland, perhaps they would consider acquiring Harvey in hopes that he might re-establish his value by mid summer, which would allow them to deal him for significant prospects at the trade deadline. Harvey also makes a ton of sense for the Yankees, who have relief pitching to deal, a need in the bullpen and are widely considered a possible landing spot for Harvey as a free agent.
In either case, as much as I want to see Matt succeed with the Mets, I'm open to considering a trade for him if it brings back an impact player at an area the Mets are in more need of filling, such as second base or the bullpen. Because, by swapping Harvey for, say, a reliever, it would mean being able to allocate the entire remaining budget on second base, first base or right field, and either another starting pitcher or a second reliever.
Mets GM Sandy Alderson said Sunday that he is unwilling to pay top dollar for a relief pitcher and acquiring a starting pitcher is fourth on the team's list of three priorities.
"To the extent that the markets get overheated, I don't think we'll jump into that inferno," he specifically said about the relief market.
In November, SNY's Andy Martino reported that several teams had expressed interest in acquiring Harvey, who is set to become a free agent after the 2018 season.
In his first season back from thoracic outlet syndrome, Harvey went 5-7 with a 6.70 ERA in 19 games (18 starts), as a stress-related right shoulder injury caused him to miss several weeks. Since debuting in 2012, Harvey is 34-35 with a 3.51 ERA in 101 games (100 starts), while missing all of 2014 recovering from Tommy John surgery and half of 2016 following surgery to correct Thoracic Outlet Syndrome.
Danny Abriano: The idea that the Mets would trade Harvey for a reliever now, at his absolute lowest value, when their starting pitching is full of question marks -- and they're not looking for another starter -- in part because (as Sandy Alderson said Sunday) they're not going to jump into the 'inferno' of the free agent relief market, seems ridiculous.
If the Mets get a true 'impact' reliever for Harvey, that would be a different story. But if not...
The Mets recently tendered Harvey a contract, and he's expected to make a bit less than $6 million in 2018. The hope from Harvey, his agent, and his teammates, is that he can start to return to form now that he'll be nearly two years removed from Thoracic Outlet surgery.
SNY's Ron Darling believes Harvey's "power and precision" will return in 2018, his teammates have faith in him, and he'll be doing everything he can to perform well this coming season as he prepares for free agency.
Meanwhile, the Mets might trade him because they'd rather go that route than sign a relief pitcher? The whole thing makes very little sense, and frankly, is a bit alarming.
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