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Some teams reportedly interested in trading for Matt Harvey for some reason

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The Mets designated Matt Harvey for assignment over the weekend because (a) he seemingly can’t pitch good anymore; and (b) he’s been a difficult presence who seems hellbent on sabotaging himself. Meanwhile, he’s making $5.6 million bucks, so if a team were to trade for him, they’d have to pay what’s left of that cash on the year for the privilege of trying to reassemble him into something approaching a useful pitcher.

In light of that, I’d bet the house that the other 29 clubs in Major League Baseball would wait until seven days pass and he becomes a free agent, after which he could be signed for the prorated league minimum. He’d still be a bag of mismatched Lego pieces without the picture on the box to show you what you’re trying to build at that point, but at least he’d be affordable.

Andy Martino of SNY reports, however, that there is at least some interest in Harvey at full price:

Texas assistant pitching coach Dan Warthen is encouraging his front office to consider Harvey. Warthen, who was the longtime Mets’ pitching coach, has been a fan since Harvey’s prospect days. The Seattle Mariners also have some interest in Harvey, per major league sources.

Gotta feel like that’s just talk, but this blog literally has “talk” in its name, so we pass it along. That said, if I wanted to get Matt Harvey as a bargain basement free agent, I might put word out there that I was at least considering him as a trade target. We all want to feel wanted.

Joe Kelly’s suspension reduced to 5 games on appeal

Joe Kelly suspended eight
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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly had his suspension for throwing pitches near the heads of Houston hitters reduced to five games on appeal.

Kelly was originally penalized eight games by Major League Baseball on July 29, a day after throwing a 96 mph fastball near the head of Houston’s Alex Bregman and two curveballs that brushed back Carlos Correa.

The Dodgers on Wednesday confirmed the reduced penalty.

Kelly went on the 10-day injured list retroactive to last Sunday with right shoulder inflammation. He will serve his suspension when he returns.

After striking out Corea, Kelly curled his lip into a pouting expression and exchanged words with the shortstop.

Benches cleared after Kelly’s actions during the sixth inning of Los Angeles’ 5-2 win at Houston in the teams’ first meeting since it was revealed the Astros stole signs en route to a 2017 World Series title over the Dodgers.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts served his one-game suspension the same day the penalty was handed down. Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined an undisclosed amount.

Kelly denied that he purposely threw at the Astros. He has previously been suspended in his career for throwing at a batter.

The penalties were imposed by former pitcher Chris Young, MLB’s senior vice president of baseball operations, who issued his first ruling since taking over the job from Joe Torre.