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Mets trade Matt Harvey to the Reds for catcher Devin Mesoraco

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Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Mets have traded Matt Harvey to the Cincinnati Reds for catcher Devin Mesoraco. Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports was first to report the deal was close. The fun part: the Reds and Mets are in the middle of a series against one another, so Mesoraco will just switch dugouts and will start for the Mets tonight. Harvey will join the Reds in Los Angeles later this week.

Details are thin, but earlier today it was reported that the Mets were interesting in receiving a catcher in return for Harvey and the Reds, while lacking a lot of stuff, had catching to spare. Or, at the very least, had mostly dead contract money attributable to a catcher in Mesoraco, who is owed a pro-rata $13 million for the rest of this season despite having lost his job to Tucker Barnhart.

Harvey is obviously a mess, but the Reds have nothing to lose in trying to fix him, especially if since it helps them get rid of a catcher they don’t need. The money, of course, can be massaged however the Mets and Reds would like it, what with Harvey still owed most of the $5.6 million for which he’s on the books in 2018. Those details will likely be released soon.

Harvey is sporting a 7.00 ERA, his velocity is down and he has never gotten right again following thoracic outlet surgery on his pitching shoulder in 2016. Moreover, he has burnt his bridges with the Mets, refusing a minor league assignment. Mesoraco is hitting .220/.289/.341 in 45 plate appearances this year. While once an All-Star, the season that earned him those honors and his current contract came four years ago, and that was his only season as an above-average hitter in the bigs.

Still, it’s a problem for a problem trade in which no one really has anything to lose, right?

Buster Posey has opted out of the season

Buster Posey has opted out
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Buster Posey has opted out of the 2020 MLB season. The San Francisco Giants have issued a statement saying that they “fully support Buster’s decision. Buster is an integral part of our team and will be sorely missed, but we look forward to having him back in 2021.”

Posey and his wife are adopting identical twin girls who were born prematurely and who are currently in the NICU and will be for some time. They are stable, but obviously theirs is not a situation that would be amenable to the demands of a baseball season as it’s currently structured.

Poset had missed all of the Giants’ workouts so far, Recently he said, “I think there’s still some reservation on my end as well. I think I want to see kind of how things progress here over the next couple of weeks. I think it would be a little bit maybe naive or silly not to gauge what’s going on around you, not only around you here but paying attention to what’s happening in the country and different parts of the country.” He said that he talked about playing with his wife quite a great deal but, really, this seems like a no-brainer decision on his part.

In opting out Posey is foregoing the 60-game proration of his $21.4 million salary. He is under contract for one more year at $21.4 million as well. The Giants can pick up his 2022 club option for $22 million or buy him out for $3 million.

A veteran of 11 seasons, Posey has earned about $124 million to date. Which seems to be the common denominator with players who have opted out thus far. With the exception of Joe Ross and Héctor Noesí, the players to have opted out thus far have earned well above $10 million during their careers. Players that aren’t considered “high risk” and elect not to play do not get paid and do not receive service time.