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UPDATE: Matt Harvey is staying with the Reds

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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.

Padres will try to lock up Fernando Tatís Jr. to a long term deal

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The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the Padres will try to get Fernando Tatís Jr. locked up in a long-term deal before the start of the 2020 season.

It’d be a wise move from the team’s perspective, of course. Tatís showed in 2019 that he’s the future of the franchise, hitting .317/.379/.590 with 22 homers and 16 stolen bases through 84 games while playing spectacular defense at short. He was a serious contender for the Rookie of the Year Award before going down to injury and still finished third despite playing just a tad over half a season.

That talent and promise means that, in all likelihood, Tatís stands to make massive money in arbitration and free agency once he gets there. If he gets there, that is. Because as we’ve seen so often in recent years, teams have been aggressive in their efforts to lock up young stars like Tatís, buying out their arbitration and at least a couple of their free agency years. These deals tend to be team-friendly, with multiple team options aimed at getting maximal value out of such players before they hit the open market. Of course, the players get much more up front money than they would in the three seasons in which teams can and do set their salaries unilaterally, usually at less than $1 million per year. It’s a standard now vs. later tradeoff, even if the value of the “now” is far less than the value of “later” and even if it pays these guys far less than they’re worth overall.

But that’s the system. And it’s one which will force Tatís to make a tough choice: either take a deal at a time when the team has most of the leverage or else turn down millions in hand now in order take a shot at many more millions later. In his case, he’ll have a rookie season with multiple injuries to think about too. Does that portend future injury issues? Could he, like some players who have been in his shoes before, end up damaged goods by the time he expected to get paid?

We’ll see how both he and the Padres calculate all of that between now and February, it seems.