Posted on December 11, 2017, by Bryan Zarpentine

New York Mets Matt Harvey

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Just a couple of years ago, the idea of the New York Mets trading Matt Harvey seemed impossible to fathom. But now it’s a concept that is quickly picking up steam. There are rumors coming out of the MLB Winter Meetings that the Mets are willing to part with Harvey, who is in one year from free agency. Rumors indicate that the Mets have spoken to at least two teams about trading Harvey.

It’s been a quick fall from grace for the pitcher who once took New York by storm under the nickname The Dark Knight. Following Harvey’s brilliant performance in Game 5 of the 2015 World Series, he was limited to just 17 starts in 2016. His season ended early because of thoracic outlet syndrome. Things got even worse in 2017. Once again, Harvey missed significant time because of shoulder trouble. When he did take the mound, Harvey struggled mightily, posting a 6.70 ERA in 19 appearances.

Despite his struggles, the Mets tendered him a contract for 2017. But that doesn’t mean he’s going to spend another year in New York. The Mets are reportedly willing to trade away at least one of their starting pitchers if it helps them upgrade another part of their team. Obviously, Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom are practically untouchable. But everyone else appears to be on the table, including Zack Wheeler, Steven Matz, Seth Lugo, and Robert Gsellman.

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However, there are reports that indicate the Mets may be pushing Harvey on some teams. One source at the Winter Meetings has indicated that the Mets are pushing Harvey more so than either Gsellman or Lugo. In theory, Gsellman and Lugo would be the most expendable of the group. Neither has the upside of Matz and Wheeler, and both are under team control longer than Harvey, so their value on the trade market could be higher. That makes it all the more surprising to hear Harvey’s name mentioned in the rumor mill.

The two teams that appear to be linked with Harvey at the moment are the Baltimore Orioles and Texas Rangers. The Orioles are in serious need of rotation help, so it might be worthwhile to take a chance on Harvey. If Harvey could return to full health, it’s not hard to envision him becoming a frontline starter again, something the Orioles could use. That possibility is why the Mets may be reluctant to part with Harvey. But they may be willing to do so if they can acquire one of Baltimore’s top relief pitchers like Brad Brach or Darren O’Day.

With the Rangers, the name linked with Harvey is Jurickson Profar. Once considered a can’t-miss prospect, Profar has been unable to establish himself in the big leagues. He also doesn’t appear to have a position in the Texas lineup at the moment. The Mets could plug Profar in at second base and see if he can finally fulfill his potential. However, the Rangers are reportedly reluctant to deal Profar for Harvey straight up because Profar is under team control longer than Harvey.

It’s too early for a trade involving Harvey to be considered imminent. However, his name is definitely out there as a trade candidate. Even after how far he’s fallen, it would still be a surprise to see the Mets actually trade him. But that definitely appears to be a distinct possibility and something to watch moving forward.

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