Cubs likely to send No. 2 pick Kris Bryant to Double-A

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Kris Bryant had a big pro debut after being drafted No. 2 overall by the Cubs in June, hitting .336 with nine homers and a 1.078 OPS in 36 games between three different levels in the low minors.

And the Cubs were so impressed by the former University of San Diego slugger that they’re leaning toward sending him to Double-A to begin this season, as scouting director Jason McLeod told Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago.

Once stud prospects reach Double-A the jump to the majors can happen in a hurry, particularly with teams often stocking Triple-A with veterans rather than prospects. In other words, don’t be surprised to see Bryant at Wrigley Field some time this summer.

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.