The Mets will tender Matt Harvey a contract

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There had been some speculation that the Mets might not tender arbitration-eligible starter Matt Harvey a contract this offseason, making him a free agent rather than being on the hook for at around $6 million to a starter who may never be the pitcher he used to be due to injures. But that speculation was wrong: Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Mets will tender The Dark Knight a contract.

Harvey, 28, has a 6.60 ERA and in 17 starts and one relief appearance overall this season and an ERA of 11.78 since returning from the disabled list in early September. The Mets are gambling that a winter of rest and a season of health in 2018 will give them at least something approaching the starter they once had in him. Or, at the very least, are hoping he can run off a couple of months of good performance next year after which they can flip him for something.

Tyler Glasnow scheduled to rejoin Rays’ rotation

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow is scheduled to rejoin the rotation at Cleveland after missing nearly 14 months because of Tommy John surgery.

The Rays’ Opening Day starter last year hasn’t pitched this season after undergoing the procedure on Aug. 4, 2021.

“I think we’re pretty confident he’ll be starting for us,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said before the game with Toronto. “This is the first time he’s thrown pain-free in quite some time, so he’s encouraged by it.”

The 6-foot-8 right-hander went 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 14 starts last year and is a key addition as the Rays near a wild-card spot.

“Compared to the past, like, three years it feels way better as far as postday and the week leading into starts and stuff,” Glasnow said. “It’s good to have an UCL, you know.”

Cash said Glasnow will throw around 45 pitches in his initial outing, which should allow him to go two or three innings.

“Two innings of Glasnow is still a huge plus for our team,” Cash said. “Like to get three innings. If we do, great. If we don’t, that’s fine, too.”

Glasnow allowed one run, one hit, four walks and had 14 strikeouts over seven innings in four starts with Triple-A Durham.

“I’m really excited,” Glasnow said. “I’m approaching it like normal, staying on routine. Feels normal.”

Glasnow signed a two-year, $30.35 million contract that will delay the start of his free agency by one year last month. He’s making $5.1 million this year and will get $5.35 million next season and $25 million in 2024, which is the first year he would have been eligible for free agency.