Royals pitching prospect quits baseball

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The Royals’ Danny Duffy isn’t necessarily an elite prospect, but he is considered their most advanced minor league starter, has played in the futures game and seems to have a good shot at playing in the majors one day.  That is he did before yesterday, when he quit.

According to Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star, Duffy left camp on Tuesday night after informing the team that
he was quitting baseball and “reassessing his life priorities.”  Duffy has had an elbow injury this spring and wasn’t slated to start pitching until mid-May. No word if the injury had anything to do with it or if something else is going on.

And really, who knows? If recent history is any guide it could be anything from drugs to anxiety to a desire to join the priesthood to the sincere belief that he can make a career in the movies.

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.