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The Mets are trying to find a trade for recently DFA'd Matt Harvey, and several teams are exploring the possibility.
Here's the current landscape, from major league sources: Texas assistant pitching coach Dan Warthen is encouraging his front office to consider Harvey. Warthen, who was the longtime Mets' pitching coach, has been a fan since Harvey's prospect days.
The Seattle Mariners also have some interest in Harvey, per major league sources. Despite speculation to the contrary, the Baltimore Orioles are not likely interested, sources say. The O's checked in on Harvey over the winter, and the Mets called them again within the past few weeks -- before designating Harvey -- and found little interest.
The Yankees are not interested in Harvey. It's possible, of course, that there are other suitors yet to be identified.
After designating Harvey on Saturday, the Mets have seven days to trade or release him (Harvey has already refused to go to the minors). If they are able to find a trade for Harvey, the Mets could save some money on his 2018 salary, and/or pick up a minor leaguer, or acquire international spending money. Other executives expect that the team will seek a backup catcher, but consider Boston's Blake Swihart to be an unrealistic return for Harvey.
There is skepticism in some baseball circles that a club would give up anything of value for a struggling Harvey, but the Mets are exploring all possibilities.