Good news out of Halos camp in Tempe, Arizona.
Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports that Angels slugger Kendrys Morales is scheduled to make his Cactus League debut Tuesday vs. the Rockies, after he plays one final minor league game Monday.
Morales has been in recovery mode from an ankle injury for nearly 22 months. He took it easy during the first few weeks of spring training this year but began increasing the intensity of his workouts in early March and was recently cleared to begin taking at-bats in minor league exhibition games.
Morales will serve as the Angels’ primary designated hitter this season if he’s healthy. A 28-year-old from Cuba, he earned MVP votes in 2009 after batting .306/.355/.569 with 34 home runs and 108 RBI.
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.”