Actually, I’m thinking that Valencia is just trolling me here. From his Twitter feed:
Just got done working out, best shape of my life!!! Now to the field!
In other news, the USA Today Daily Pitch blog has begun tracking “best shape of his life” stories. The more the merrier, but really USA Today: you have quite a deficit to make up if you want to get on top of this little cul-de-sac of the baseball world.
The Angels have signed pitcher Matt Harvey to a one-year contract, MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports. Fancred’s Jon Heyman reports that the contract is for $11 million with an additional $3 million available through performance incentives.
Harvey, 29, spent 2018 with the Mets and Reds, posting an aggregate 4.94 ERA with a 131/37 K/BB ratio in 155 innings. He started off poorly with the Mets, so they traded him to the Reds in early May. He pitched much better in Cincinnati.
Harvey should have a spot secured at the back of the Angels’ rotation, but health and performance can always change that leading up to Opening Day.