Pujols has bone spurs removed from elbow

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Albert Pujols got some good news while going under the knife this morning, as doctors determined that he does not need ligament reconstruction and instead simply removed bone spurs and chips from his injured right elbow.
There was some concern that Dr. James Andrews would need to do a more extensive operation that could have put Pujols’ status for spring training in question, but he’ll have plenty of time to recover from the removal of spurs and chips.
Pujols has been playing through a torn elbow ligament for years and may still face additional problems in the future, but for now Cardinals fans can breathe a sigh of relief as they wait for El Hombre to receive his third MVP award.

Mets, Orioles have discussed a Matt Harvey trade

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Orioles and Mets have discussed a trade for Matt Harvey.

Rosenthal says the discussions have involved a reliever going back to New York and observes that that Harvey and Brad Brach are projected for similar salaries in their final arbitration years which could make a financial match.

There have been a handful of Harvey rumors over the past couple of days, with a report coming out yesterday that the Mets have spoken with at least two teams about their fallen ace. Jon Heyman said today that the Rangers may have been one of those teams. Maybe the Orioles are the second or, perhaps, the third?

All if this has to be pretty deflating if you’re a Mets fan, given the promise and dominance Harvey showed before injuries waylaid him the past two seasons. Harvey is still just 28 but he made only 18 starts and one relief appearance last year, posting a 6.70 ERA with a 67/47 K/BB ratio in 92.2 innings.

If the Mets can’t find a trade partner this winter, they’ll clearly hope for him to rebound at least a little bit in 2018, allowing him to regain some trade value.