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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL TRADE FALLOUT: MATT HARVEY TRADED TO REDS FOR DEVIN MESORACO MEANS DIFFERENT OUTCOMES FOR THOSE INVOLVED

The New York Mets got a bunch of attention from various MLB teams once it was decided they would DFA fading starting pitcher Matt Harvey, with no less than 10 teams having stepped up with offers according to various media reports. With so many teams involved, that made it almost a given the Mets would be able to get something for Harvey instead of losing him outright for nothing and that is what happened late Tuesday when the Cincinnati Reds picked him up for catcher Devin Mesoraco and cash.  A faded prospect just like Harvey, Mesoraco moves into a favorable situation with a Mets team desperate for catching help after losing Travis D'Arnaud for the season and Kevin Plawecki for 6 weeks.  Having shown possible top-tier ability back in 2014 when he hit 25 home runs and batted .273, Mesoraco has been a complete injury mess in the years since with just 6 total long balls since.  With Tucker Barnhardt now the clear starter for the Reds, Mesoraco was in need of a fresh start himself.  Those in two catcher formats could take a look here due to the fact Mesoraco will be a daily starter for the Mets moving forward and so the opportunity will be there for him to show his bat can still help.  As far as Harvey is concerned, it is a positive he gets to stay in the NL but it is a HUGE negative that he ends up in Cincy which has one of the more pronounced home run parks in the majors.  Since home runs have been a monstrous problem for Harvey among a bunch of other things, he should not be picked up off waivers despite the fresh start. 


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