Look away, Cubs fans. Manager Lou Piniella told the Chicago Tribune’s Paul Sullivan on Wednesday evening that he doesn’t think newly-signed outfielder Xavier Nady will be ready for regular duty until June.
It’s not a huge deal — Nady was brought in to serve as the club’s fourth outfielder, not to start — but any sign of a setback or prolonged recovery is reason for panic these days on the north side of Chicago. Nady, 31, underwent Tommy John surgery last year and is still limited to DHing in Cactus League games. Likewise, he’ll be limited to pinch-hitting duties (and possibly a few late-innings defensive substitutions) for the first few months of the regular season. If there’s an injury in the Cubs outfield, guys like Sam Fuld and Micah Hoffpauir will have to fill in.
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.