This is more of a link than a post, because there’s not a ton I can really add to this without appearing to endorse the content. But let me say this much:
- Doc Ellis’ LSD-aided no-hitter of June 12, 1970 is one of baseball’s weirdest feats;
- The linked story that is sort of about it is from A.J. Daulerio at Deadspin, so you’re right to think it may be slightly gonzo; and
- I really, really hate it when a ricotta pizza tries to attack me too.
Anyway, it’s a good story about video games, pizza, history and lysergic acid diethylamide that, under no circumstances whatsoever should you try to replicate at home. And not just because there is no need for any drug in this world apart from some top-end liquor taken in moderation, though that should be reason alone.
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.”