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?

Phillies’ Bryce Harper to miss start of season after elbow surgery

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PHILADELPHIA – Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after he had reconstructive right elbow surgery.

The operation was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

Harper is expected to return to Philadelphia’s lineup as the designated hitter by the All-Star break. He could be back in right field by the end of the season, according to the team.

The 30-year-old Harper suffered a small ulnar collateral ligament tear in his elbow in April. He last played right field at Miami on April 16. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in May and shifted to designated hitter.

Harper met Nov. 14 with ElAttrache, who determined the tear did not heal on its own, necessitating surgery.

Even with the elbow injury, Harper led the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009, where they lost in six games to Houston. He hit .349 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 17 postseason games.

In late June, Harper suffered a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch and was sidelined for two months. The two-time NL MVP still hit .286 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs for the season.

Harper left Washington and signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies in 2019. A seven-time All-Star, Harper has 285 career home runs.

With Harper out, the Phillies could use Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber at designated hitter. J.T. Realmuto also could serve as the DH when he needs a break from his catching duties.