After a pair of MRI exams and visits to three doctors Adrian Gonzalez has decided to undergo right shoulder surgery that Padres general manager Jed Hoyer described as a “clean up” procedure.
Gonzalez admitted late in the season that he’d been playing through discomfort since May and altered his swing because of it, but he didn’t miss a start in the second half and finished the year with the second-best OPS of his career.
He’s expected to be fully healthy well before spring training and Hoyer indicated that the Padres plan on Gonzalez being their starting first baseman in 2011 despite that being the final year on his contract. Of course, that won’t stop trade rumors from swirling throughout the offseason.
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.