Marlins send Cameron Maybin back to Triple-A

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Mike Stanton’s arrival pushed Cameron Maybin to the bench and after not playing him for a single inning in 10 days the Marlins finally demoted him to Triple-A, where he can at least play regularly again.
Maybin has been a big disappointment, hitting .246/.311/.376 with an ugly 136/37 K/BB ratio and just 16 steals in 137 career games, but it’s important to remember that he’s still just 23 years sold.
However, his power hasn’t developed largely because Maybin is an extreme ground-ball hitter and along with a very high strikeout rate that paints a dim picture for his future offensively.
He’s yet to play every day for more than six weeks at a time and as a good defensive center fielder with speed he’ll certainly bring some value to the table, but the once-impressive Maybin/Andrew Miller haul for Miguel Cabrera (and Dontrelle Willis) isn’t looking so good.

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.