MLB Rumors: Slumping New York Mets to Trade Ace Pitcher Matt Harvey?

By Teddy Cecilio, Posted: 05/03/17 02:13PM EDT
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Matt Harvey of the New York Mets pitches against the Washington Nationals.(Photo : Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

After a poor start, the New York Mets are anticipated to pursue trades for big-name players or get help from the free-agent market. However, if their slump continues, the Mets are expected to sell off some of their parts to strengthen their roster for 2018.

Joe Giglio of NJ.com reported that the Mets may trade for veteran players to save their season. Among those who may be targeted by the Mets are Todd Frazier of the Chicago White Sox, Kansas City Chiefs' Mike Moustakas and Toronto Blue Jays' Josh Donaldson.

However, the Mets can go in a different direction if they fail to gain significant ground in the National League East. They may unload some of their players via trade in preparation for next season.

According to ESPN's Buster Olney, the Mets may trade ace Matt Harvey to contending teams, who need a quality starter. Harvey will be a free agent in 2018 and the Mets could lose him without getting anything in return. "If New York drops far enough out of the race, teams think the Mets will listen to offers for the right-hander," said Olney.

The 28-year-old Harvey is 2-1 with 4.25 ERA and 18 strikeouts in five starts (29.2 innings) this season. He is trying to recover lost ground after missing significant time due to injuries last season. If he's regains his top form, Harvey can be a great addition to a playoff-bound team.

For 2017, Harvey signed one-year deal with a guaranteed value of $5.125 million. Bleacher Report earlier said that the Mets and Harvey are working on a long-term deal, but it may change anytime, depending on the team's campaign this season.

Harvey became a Mets' starter in 2012. He started 10 games that year, record a 3-5 record with a 2.73 ERA. The next year, he went 9-5 in 26 starts and improved to 13-8 the following year. During an injury-filled 2016, Harvey finished the season with a 4-10 mark in 17 starts with a career-worst 4.86 ERA.



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