With the July 31st trade deadline looming, its very possible Saturday night was the last we’ll see of Matt Harvey in a Reds uniform*. To say the trade to bring Matt Harvey from New York was a success would be a major understatement. A lot of people scoffed at the idea and predicted he’d be unhappy in Cincinnati, leading to poor performance and clubhouse drama. In fact, the exact opposite has happened. By all accounts, Matt Harvey has been a valuable asset on and off the field. Other veterans on the team don’t want him to be traded, and that tells me all I need to know about Matt Harvey.
After starting the 2018 season with an 0-2 record and 7.00 ERA as a Met, Harvey has been 5-4 in Cincinnati with an ERA of 4.44 and a SO/BB rate of 3.29, which is his third best strikeout rate in his successful career. Oh yeah, he also hit 98mph in his final start on Saturday.
I understand the business of baseball, and the best move for the Cincinnati Reds is to flip Harvey for prospects and maybe a bullpen arm that can flirt with the 5th spot in the rotation. With Harvey on an expiring contract, it would be irresponsible to hang onto him and risk not being able to re-sign him on a reasonable deal that wouldn’t cripple the Reds. If they trade him away and then the market allows him to come back to Cincinnati at a price that still lets them address other position needs in free agency, then why not sign him? He’s obviously had success and it appears the Reds coaching staff has had a lot to do with it, as illustrated below.
I think he’ll get traded to a contender this year and put on a show, leading to a big payday by a team that can afford to take a risk on a large contract. Unfortunately, the Reds aren’t one of those teams despite Dick Williams stating multiple times that the Reds will be opening the checkbook this offseason for free agent acquisitions. Maybe after that big market team signs him and then fails to be in the playoff race (please God, be the Yankees), maybe he can come back to where he belongs next July 31st. Just in time for the Reds’ big playoff push in 2019.
Thank you for handling the situation the way you did, Mr. Harvey. A lot of haters and naysayers thought you’d be unhappy in our one-stoplight town of Cincinnati, Ohio. Shit, the way the media and smug big city fans were talking, you’d think we just got cable and high speed internet in 2011. You’ve been nothing but professional, not only helping yourself but helping the Reds win some games and bring along some of the younger pitching staff. If you ever find yourself back in Cincy, the coneys are on me. Don’t be a stranger. If you need me, I’ll be the emo guy over here listening to songs on YouTube.
I hope you had the time of your life, sweet Dark Knight.
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