Matt Harvey to be shut down soon, will have a normal off-season

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Injured Mets starter Matt Harvey has been pitching some bullpens, but those will soon come to an end and the right-hander will begin a typical off-season according to Newsday’s Marc Carig. Harvey underwent Tommy John surgery last October and will target a return for the start of the 2015 season.

As long as there are no setbacks, Harvey will face live hitters for the first time when the Mets report to spring training in February. Pitching coach Dan Warthen seems optimistic about Harvey, saying, “The way he’s throwing right now, I think he’s a pretty happy man.”

Harvey made the National League All-Star team in 2013 and finished fourth in NL Cy Young balloting, posting a 9-5 record with a 2.27 ERA and a 191/31 K/BB ratio in 20 starts. A Mets rotation that includes Harvey, Zack Wheeler, Jacob deGrom, and Jon Niese (if he isn’t traded) could be quite formidable next season.

Mariners sign RHP reliever Trevor Gott to 1-year contract

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SEATTLE — The Seattle Mariners have begun the process of bolstering their bullpen by signing right-hander Trevor Gott to a one-year contract on Wednesday.

Gott appeared in 45 games last season with Milwaukee, going 3-4 with a 4.14 ERA. Gott had 44 strikeouts in 45 2/3 innings and held opponents to a .204 batting average.

Gott’s signing helps fill a void created when Erik Swanson was traded to Toronto as part of the deal that brought slugger Teoscar Hernandez to Seattle earlier this month. Gott has also pitched for San Francisco, Washington and the Los Angeles Angels.

Last season with the Brewers, Gott saw significant drops in batting average against and walk percentage, while raising his strikeout percentage.

Seattle also made a front office announcement Wednesday with the promotion of Andy McKay to assistant general manager. McKay has been with the club since 2015, when he was hired as the director of player development. McKay was promoted to senior director of baseball development in November 2021.

In his new role, McKay will oversee baseball development at all levels of the organization.