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Matt Harvey claimed on revocable waivers

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Robert Murray of The Athletic reports that Reds starter Matt Harvey has been claimed on waivers by an unknown team.

The Reds no doubt hoped that he’d make it through unclaimed so they could negotiate with multiple teams for Harvey, but now there’s a 48-hour window in which they must either make a deal with the claiming team, let him go to the claiming team for nothing or pull him back off of waivers. Not that there’s any benefit there either, as Harvey is a free agent at the end of the season and the Reds cannot — nor would they, honestly — give him a qualifying offer.

Harvey has not been an ace or anything, but he has rebounded considerably since being traded by the Mets to the Reds back in May. At the moment he’s posting a decent 4.28 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 69/21 in 90.1 innings since the Reds acquired him.

Justin Verlander named 2019 American League Cy Young Award winner

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Astros starter Justin Verlander was voted by the Baseball Writers Association of America as the 2019 American League Cy Young Award winner. Teammate Gerrit Cole finished in a close second place at 159 points. Charlie Morton finished third at 75 points, Shane Bieber fourth at 64, Lance Lynn fifth at 18, Eduardo Rodríguez and Lucas Giolito sixth at eight, and Mike Minor eighth at seven.

Verlander, 36, won the AL Cy Young Award (and AL MVP Award) in 2011 with the Tigers). He and Cole became the first pair of teammates to finish first and second on the ballot for the AL Cy Young Award. Four NL teammates accomplished the feat: Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling in 2001 and ’02, Don Newcomb and Sal Maglie in 1956, and Mike Marshall and Andy Messersmith in 1974.

During the regular season, Verlander led all starting pitchers in wins (21), games started (34), innings pitched (223), and WHIP (0.803). He also compiled a 2.58 ERA with a 300/42 K/BB ratio. Along with a 300-strikeout season, Verlander achieved other milestones, including reaching 3,000 strikeouts for his career and 200 career postseason strikeouts (an all-time record).

2019 was not without controversy for Verlander, a future Hall of Famer, as he had a well-publicized disagreement with Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press. He tried to have Fenech barred from the clubhouse during media availability despite the collective bargaining agreement ensuring access to BBWAA-credentialed reporters. It was one of many Astros-related scandals in 2019.

Verlander is the first Astro to win the Cy Young Award since Dallas Keuchel in 2015. Roger Clemens (2004) and Mike Scott (1986) also won the award back when the Astros were in the National League.