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Sports Mets trade former ace Matt Harvey to Reds C Devin Mesoraco

05:16  09 may  2018
05:16  09 may  2018 Source:   msn.com

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The New York Mets have traded former ace Matt Harvey to the Cincinnati Reds for catcher Devin Mesoraco in a swap of former All-Stars with careers

CINCINNATI (AP) — Matt Harvey is getting another chance, this time with a historically bad team in a city that will have far fewer late-night temptations

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CINCINNATI - Matt Harvey is getting another chance, this time with a historically bad team in a city that will have far fewer late-night temptations than the Big Apple. The Mets are getting a catcher who can help at their most unsettled position.

The Cincinnati Reds acquired the former New York ace for catcher Devin Mesoraco on Tuesday, shortly before the teams started their game at Great American Ball Park.

The deal provided a fresh start for two former All-Stars whose careers have been sidetracked by injuries.

Mesoraco merely had to walk to the visiting clubhouse and was on the bench for the first pitch by Luis Castillo, which Mesoraco originally supposed to catch.

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New home for the Dark Knight: The New York Mets trade former ace Matt Harvey to the Cincinnati Reds for catcher Devin Mesoraco . It's a swap of former All-Stars with careers sidetracked by injuries.

Mets trade Matt Harvey to Reds for catcher Devin Mesoraco Matt Harvey had been sent to the bullpen by the Mets after struggling as a starter this season.

The Mets created a spot for him to play immediately when they put third baseman Todd Frazier was put on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring. Harvey is in Los Angeles working out and will join the team for the start of a series there against the Dodgers on Thursday.

The Mets lost starting catcher Travis d'Arnaud to season-ending Tommy John surgery last month, so Mesoraco gives them another option.

"We feel fortunate that we were able to add a veteran guy who's good in the clubhouse who can play a couple of days a week," said J.P. Ricciardi, a Mets special assistant. "We talked to Jay (Bruce) and Todd (Frazier) about him."

The Reds included $5,788,978 as part of the trade, which made the deal come out nearly even financially. Harvey is making $5,625,000 on a one-year contract. Mesoraco gets $13 million in the final season on a four-year, $28 million deal.

Matt Harvey traded to Reds for Devin Mesoraco, cash

  Matt Harvey traded to Reds for Devin Mesoraco, cash Matt Harvey is headed to Cincinnati. The New York Mets and Cincinnati Reds agreed to a trade on Tuesday that sends Harvey to the Reds for catcher Devin Mesoraco and cash. Mesoraco is in the final year of a 4-year, $28 million contract and earning $13 million this season. After breaking out in 2014 with an .893 OPS, Mesoraco went into the tank the next two seasons and was limited due to surgeries. He underwent hip and shoulder surgeries that limited him to 39 games. Harvey now heads to Cincinnati, which does not appear to be a good landing spot. They’re a bad team and play in a small ballpark, which is not favorable to pitchers — especially one who is struggling. But Harvey did not want to go to the minor leagues and believes he should remain an MLB starter. He’ll get an opportunity to pitch for a team that has the worst record in the league. Harvey is earning $5.6 million this season. Ken Rosenthal says the teams will pay the remainder of their respective players’ salaries.

Matt Harvey was traded to the Mets ' opponents this week: the Cincinnati Reds , who have the worst record in baseball.CreditCreditKyusung Mesoraco , 29, then switched clubhouses at Great American Ball Park before his former team beat the Mets , 7-2. Harvey , also 29, will not face his former team

CINCINNATI (AP) — Matt Harvey is getting another chance, this time with a historically bad team in a city that will have far fewer late-night temptations than the Big Apple. The Mets are getting a catcher who can help at their most unsettled position.

The 29-year-old Harvey was designated for assignment on Saturday, giving the Mets seven days to trade or release him when he refused a demotion to the minors. Harvey was 0-2 with a 7.00 ERA this season.

The Reds were 8-27 at the time of the trade, matching the worst 35-game start in franchise history, with the rotation their most glaring problem. Harvey will move into the rotation immediately.

General manager Dick Williams said the Reds checked into Harvey's off-field conduct — he was suspended for three days without pay last May for skipping a game following a late night on the town — but were mostly concerned about his recent pitching.

"We primarily looked at video and scouting reports as a pitcher," Williams said. "We made some calls to find out some things, but it was mainly mechanical."

The Reds gave up a catcher who no longer fit their long-term plans. Mesoraco was batting .220 in 18 games with one homer and three RBIs, playing a backup role to Gold Glove winner Tucker Barnhart.

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The New York Mets have traded former ace Matt Harvey to the Cincinnati Reds for catcher Devin Mesoraco in a swap of former All-Stars with careers.

The Mets have traded former ace Harvey to the Cincinnati Reds for catcher Devin Mesoraco in a swap of former All-Stars with careers sidetracked by The Reds agreed to pay the Mets ,788,978 as part of the trade , which made the deal come out nearly even financially. Harvey is making ,625

Harvey was no longer in New York's plans after four failed starts and four relief appearances in which he was hit hard. His path in the majors has been similar to Mesoraco's.

Harvey was nicknamed the Dark Knight and started the 2013 All-Star Game on his home mound at Citi Field. He returned from Tommy John surgery in 2015 and helped the Mets reach their first World Series in 15 years.

It was a steep slide the last few years. He fell to 4-10 record with a 4.86 ERA in 2016 and had season-ending surgery in July. Last year, Harvey went 5-7 with a 6.70 ERA and was sidelined from mid-June until September because of an injury to the scapula in his right shoulder.

The 29-year-old Mesoraco also has significantly declined because of injuries since his All-Star season in 2014, when he led all major catchers with 25 homers and 80 RBIs. Hip, shoulder and foot injuries limited him to 95 games over the next three seasons, when he hit only six homers and drove in 17 runs.

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AP Baseball Writer Ron Blum in New York and freelance writer Mark Schmetzer in Cincinnati contributed to this report.

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