UPDATE: Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Harvey will not be traded to the Brewers. He’ll start today against the Cubs in Chicago.
9:35 AM: Yesterday we wrote about how someone claimed Reds starter Matt Harvey off of waivers. Last night Jon Heyman reported that it was the Milwaukee Brewers.
The claim happened two days ago in the early afternoon, which means that the Brewers and Reds have until that time today to strike a deal for Harvey. Or, of course, the Reds could either let him go to Milwaukee for nothing or pull him back off of waivers.
The fun part: Harvey is scheduled to start in a day game in Chicago today — first pitch: 2:20pm Eastern — so the Reds will have to scratch him if they either deal him or let him go, which would let us all know what happened.
Harvey’s year started out like a nightmare, but he has a decent 4.28 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 69/21 in 90.1 innings since the Reds acquired him. That could be useful for the Brewers or, for that matter, for the teams ahead of the Brewers in the National League. Which may, in fact, be why the Brewers claimed him.
The Braves have announced on Tuesday evening the signing of free agent outfielder Marcell Ozuna. ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that it’s a one-year contract for $18 million.
Ozuna, 29, hit .241/.328/.472 with 29 home runs, 89 RBI, 80 runs scored, and 12 stolen bases in 549 plate appearances for the Cardinals last season. He’s been consistently above-average in each of the past four seasons, which also included a career year in 2017 in which he was worth 6.1 WAR, per Baseball Reference.
It is surprising that Ozuna, a two-time All-Star and Gold Glove Award winner, had to settle for a one-year deal. The Braves are happy he did as he will help make up for some of the offense lost when third baseman Josh Donaldson became a free agent and ultimately signed with the Twins. Ozuna can become a free agent again after the 2020 season but won’t have qualifying offer compensation attached to him, part of the reason why his market may have been slow to develop.
Along with Ozuna, the Braves have signed in free agency this offseason reliever Will Smith, starter Cole Hamels, and catcher Travis d'Arnaud. They re-signed relievers Chris Martin and Darren O'Day, catcher Tyler Flowers, infielder Adeiny Hechavarría, and outfielder Nick Markakis.