MLB targets maple bats in minor leagues

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MLB announced Monday that it would ban numerous types of maple bats from use in the minor leagues.
Few details have come out so far, but the ban is expected to cover all levels of the minors and will eliminate the use of maple bats under a certain weight.
The league also plans to look at the bats of major leaguers who frequently deal with breaks. Any big leaguer whose bat broke at least 10 times last year must consult with a panel of bat experts.
Unrevealed was whether this panel would be able to force a player to change bats.

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.