Edinson Volquez pitches well as rehab stint moves to Triple-A

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After making his first two rehab starts in the low minors, Edinson Volquez moved up to Triple-A this afternoon for the first time since undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery in August and allowed one run in five innings.
Volquez threw 49 of 80 pitches for strikes, giving up three hits while striking out one and walking zero. He previously tossed eight scoreless innings with a 7/0 K/BB ratio at Single-A, so the early post-surgery returns are very promising for the 26-year-old right-hander.
Because he was recovering from the surgery anyway and not yet ready to begin pitching again Volquez was able to serve his 50-game suspension for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance without any real consequence. His first rehab outing came about two weeks after the suspension ended.
He’s expected to make at least two more rehab starts before potentially rejoining the Reds right around the All-Star break and for now the plan is for him to reclaim a spot in the rotation. Volquez was an All-Star in 2008, going 17-6 with a 3.22 ERA and 206 strikeouts in 196 innings, but was shut down after just nine starts last season and hasn’t faced big-league hitters since June 1, 2009.

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.”