Reds fail to trade Matt Harvey

By HAL McCOY

For the Cincinnati Reds Tuesday  was deal or no deal. And at the 4 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline it was no deal.

Matt Harvey is still wearing a Reds uniform and that creates some problems for the rest of the season.

It was assumed that Harvey was acquired from the New York Mets early this season for catcher Devin Mesoraco so the Reds could trade Harvey at the trade deadline for more of those prospects/suspects the Reds continue to accumulate.

The trade deadline came and went Tuesday and a few teams reportedly inquired about Harvey – Seattle, Milwaukee, the Chicago Cubs and San Francisco — but no deal was struck.

Now what? The Reds are currently in a six-man pitching rotation, something manager Jim Riggleman employed the last couple of times through the rotation. The thought was that when Harvey was traded the rotation would be back to five — Homer Bailey, Luis Castillo, Tyler Mahle, Anthony DeSclafani and Sal Romano.

Riggleman said a couple of weeks ago he didn’t want to continue a six-man rotation, figuring Harvey would be dealt and problem solved.

Somebody has to go to the bullpen and it won’t be Harvey. The Mets briefly placed him there, under his vociferous protests, and it didn’t work. That means one of the young starters will be deprived of starts, probably Sal Romano.

Harvey is happy because he constantly says he is happy in Cincinnati and doesn’t want to leave — at least for the rest of this season.

Then what? Harvey’s agent, Scott Boras, is on record as saying they will test the free agent market after the season. Unless the Reds offer him arbitration and $17 million for 2019 and he accepts, which he won’t, they’ll lose him and get nothing for him when they could have received a little something in a trade Tuesday.

Former Reds general manager Jim Bowden, now working for CBS Sports predicted two days ago that Harvey would not be traded and said, “The Reds’ phone is not ringing.” Bowden said many general managers remain leery of Harvey’s problems in New York, on and off the field.

Now the Reds feel they might still be able to trade him in August to a contender, but Harvey would have to pass through waivers and other teams could block any trade by claiming him, which would force the Reds to pull him back off waivers and keep him.

The Reds, of course, did make a trade Monday, sending outfielder Adam Duvall to Atlanta for outfielder Preston Tucker plus pitchers Matt Wisler and Lucas Sims. Tucker was added to the Reds 25-man roster while Wisler and Sims were both assigned to Class AAA Louisville.

One thought on “Reds fail to trade Matt Harvey

  • August 1, 2018 at 12:05 am
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    The Pirates pulled off a deal to get Tampa’s Ace Archer.. The Reds have no ACE.. So why didnt they try for Archer to help for next year and eliminate the need to go after a big free agent that would cost WAY more than Archer?? Oh i guess the Reds dont need anyone as the FO cant make deals to better this team.. While the Brewers and Pirates got better on the deadline deals.. Thats 3-4 teams they still have to step it up to even sniff the playoffs.. NOT to mention wild cards from the other NL teams.. I like Harvey, but he is going to walk away with zero return just like Cozart.. Why isn’t somebody losing their position because of this??

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