Pat Listach no longer in mix to become Cubs' new manager

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Nationals third base coach Pat Listach was on the short list to become the Cubs’ new manager, but Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that the former Rookie of the Year is no longer in the running for the job.
Ladson notes that Listach “is still respected by the organization” from his days managing in the Cubs’ minor league system, including going 83-59 at Triple-A Iowa in 2008. Listach previously said the Cubs’ job would be “a dream come true.”
Instead he’ll likely try to land the gig replacing Cito Gaston in Toronto. Meanwhile, this seemingly indicates that the Cubs have narrowed their search down, with interim manager Mike Quade and Ryne Sandberg the presumed front-runners.

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.