The Mets have traded pitcher Matt Harvey to the Reds for catcher Devin Mesoraco and cash. The trade for Harvey could very well turn out positively for both teams.
Drafted 7th overall by the Mets, in 2010, Matt Harvey has played his entire 8 year career in New York, 6 of which were in the Majors. He had highlights and low-lights and towards the end, it was mostly negative. He seemed to start his downfall after the 2015 World Series, but before that, he was a budding star for the Mets and showing great promise for a young pitching rotation including Noah Syndergaard, and Jacob deGrom.
Through Harvey’s career with the Mets, he went 34-37 with a 3.66 ERA. That’s about average, maybe slightly below. The Reds have taken on Harvey in exchange for catcher Devin Mesoraco.
The Reds rotation has been abysmal as of the last couple years having only standouts in now Met, Jay Bruce, now Angel, Zach Cozart, and Joey Votto. All of whom are position players. Meanwhile the Mets get much needed help behind the plate. Devin Mesoraco can help the Mets by filling in for Tomas Nido and Travis d’Arnaud as a solid figure behind the plate.
Catching up to today May 14th, The Reds have swept the Dodgers with Harvey getting a start and throwing four scoreless innings, giving up only one hit. Meanwhile, the Mets have been on a downside, winning two out of their last 10 games. Mesoraco though has been playing alright with one home run so far.
Both teams look to improve their record from where they are now. The Mets have fallen to second to last in the NL East and the Reds are currently in last in the Central. The Reds have one of the strongest divisions in baseball, which means they will have a lot to prove over the rest of the season. The Mets however, will have to deal with the newly emerging Braves and Phillies along with the ever constant Nationals.