On Tuesday night the Cincinnati Reds announced that they made a deal with the New York Mets to acquire right-handed pitcher Matt Harvey in exchange for catcher Devin Mesoraco. The announcement came within the hour leading to the matchup between the two teams in Cincinnati. Since Harvey is only owed $5.6 million this year, the Reds sent some cash to the Mets to offset the cost of taking on Mesoraco’s $13.1 million contract.
The Mets designated Harvey for assignment on Saturday after the 29-year-old pitcher refused to accept a minor league contract with New York. While Mesoraco was originally scheduled to catch for Cincinnati’s Luis Castillo on Tuesday night, he was able to make join his new team in the visiting dugout before the game even started. Furthermore, Mesoraco was made available to play for the Mets in the game after the team moved third baseman Todd Frazier to the 10-day disabled list. This move allowed Mesoraco to pinch-hit for catcher Tomas Nido in the top of the ninth inning. Mesoraco struck out looking.
Harvey is currently in Los Angles working out and the plan appears to be that he will join the Reds on Thursday when the team travels to the West Coast to face the Dodgers. The once former ace for the Mets, Harvey lost his rotation spot for New York earlier this year. So far on the 2018 season, Harvey is 0-2 with a 7.00 ERA in 27 innings pitched over eight games played, including four starts. On the other hand, Harvey boasts a 3.66 career ERA and the Reds are hopeful that he can return to his previously dominant form.
Coming off of back-to-back seasons with injuries requiring surgery, Harvey has struggled to find his groove in 2018. Cincinnati has already added Harvey to their struggling starting rotation. Entering the game on Tuesday night, the Reds’ rotation had a 5.58 ERA, slotting them in second to last place in all of MLB. The entire pitching staff in Cincinnati sits in last place for ERA at 5.26.