Pre-Strasmas buzzkill: Nats prospect Jack McGeary set for surgery

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The Nationals announced Tuesday that 21-year-old left-hander Jack McGeary would undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of 2010.
McGeary was a sixth-round pick in 2007, but he was viewed as a first-round talent and he received a $1.85 million bonus as part of an unusual contract that allowed him to attend Stanford and pitch only half a season in the first three years of his career. McGeary opted to put in full seasons the last two years anyway, but he had been a disappointment. He went 2-12 with a 5.54 ERA in a 2009 campaign in which he received a midseason demotion from low Single-A Hagerstown to short-season Single-A Vermont.
This year, McGeary was 4-1 with a 4.62 ERA back at Hagerstown. He had improved peripherals, including a 32/15 K/BB ratio in 39 innings. Also, left-handed hitters were just 1-for-24 against him.
The Nationals still have hopes of McGeary developing into a No. 3 starter someday, but with the surgery set to keep him out through the middle of next year, he’s an awfully long way from contributing.

Report: Mets have discussed a Matt Harvey trade with at least two teams

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Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports that the Mets have discussed a trade involving starter Matt Harvey with at least two teams. Apparently, the Mets were even willing to move Harvey for a reliever.

The Mets tendered Harvey a contract on December 1. He’s entering his third and final year of arbitration eligibility and will likely see a slight bump from last season’s salary of $5.125 million. As a result, there was some thought going into late November that the Mets would non-tender Harvey.

Harvey, 28, made 18 starts and one relief appearance last year and had horrendous results. He put up a 6.70 ERA with a 67/47 K/BB ratio in 92 2/3 innings. Between his performance, his impending free agency, and his injury history, the Mets aren’t likely to get much back in return for Harvey. Even expecting a reliever in return may be too lofty.

Along with bullpen help, the Mets also need help at second base, first base, and the outfield. They don’t have many resources with which to address those needs. Ackert described the Mets’ resources as “a very limited stash of prospects” and “limited payroll space.”