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


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.

Colin Poche, Rays go to arbitration just $125,000 apart

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Reliever Colin Poche went to salary arbitration with the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday with the sides just $125,000 apart.

The gap between the $1.3 million the pitcher asked for and the $1,175,000 the team offered was the smallest among the 33 players who exchanged proposed arbitration figures last month. The case was heard by John Woods, Jeanne Vonhof and Walt De Treux, who will hold their decision until later this month.

A 29-year-old left-hander, Poche had Tommy John surgery on July 29, 2020, and returned to the major leagues last April 22 after six appearances at Triple-A Durham. Poche was 4-2 with a 3.99 ERA and seven saves in 65 relief appearances for the Rays. He struck out 64 and walked 22 in 58 2/3 innings.

Poche had a $707,800 salary last year.

Tampa Bay went to arbitration on Monday with reliever Ryan Thompson, whose decision also is being held until later this month. He asked for $1.2 million and the Rays argued for $1 million.

Rays right-hander Jason Adam and outfielder Harold Ramirez remain scheduled for hearings.

Players and teams have split four decisions thus far. All-Star pitcher Max Fried ($13.5 million) lost to Atlanta and reliever Diego Castillo ($2.95 million) was defeated by Seattle, while pitcher Jesus Luzardo ($2.45 million) and AL batting champion Luis Arraez ($6.1 million) both beat the Marlins.

A decision also is pending for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe.

Eighteen additional players are eligible for arbitration and hearings are scheduled through Feb. 17. Among the eligible players is Seattle utilityman Dylan Moore, who has a pending three-year contract worth $8,875,000.