A's closer Andrew Bailey likely headed for the disabled list

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A’s closer Andrew Bailey is finally over the back spasms that kept him out of action for the past nine days, but the AL’s reigning Rookie of the Year is now sidelined by a strained ribcage muscle.
According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle “it’s almost a sure thing he’ll go on the disabled list” and the move could be made in conjunction with Brett Anderson coming off the shelf.
Bailey hasn’t been quite as overpowering as he was a rookie, with his strikeouts per nine innings falling from 9.8 to 6.5 and his opponents batting average rising from .167 to .206, but the results are basically the same. He’s converted 20-of-23 saves with a 1.56 ERA in 40.1 innings after going 26-of-30 with a 1.84 ERA in 83.1 innings last season.
Right-hander Michael Wuertz and left-hander Craig Breslow have split closing duties in his absence so far.

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.