MLB Trade Rumors: Giants Among Multiple Teams Interested in Matt Harvey

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistMay 7, 2018

New York Mets' pitcher Matt Harvey (33) delivers against the Atlanta Braves during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Thursday, May 3, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
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The San Francisco Giants are reportedly among the teams interested in acquiring Matt Harvey, whom the New York Mets designated for assignment Saturday.        

On Monday, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com discussed the team's interest along with the possible question marks:

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Mets have 4-5 teams interested in Harvey, including the Giants, and would pick up the majority of his remaining salary to receive something in return.

Harvey had a 7.00 ERA in eight appearances (four starts) this season before the Mets DFA'd him.

The 29-year-old had a 6.70 ERA in 19 games last season while recovering from thoracic outlet syndrome and apparently is still shaking off some rust. While Harvey had a 2.53 ERA in his first three seasons in the majors, finishing fourth in Cy Young voting in 2013, he is well-removed from that level of production.

Still, his availability has led to some interest.

According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Texas Rangers have "mild trade interest" in Harvey. Jim Bowden of The Athletic reported the Seattle Mariners have "left the door open" for a possible acquisition.

Of course, the Giants make a lot of sense, as they've been dealing with some serious injuries to the pitching staff.

Left-handed ace Madison Bumgarner hasn't pitched this campaign while dealing with a hand injury, and Johnny Cueto is expected to miss six to eight weeks with an elbow sprain, per Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area.

The team remains in contention with a 19-15 record to start 2018, but the rotation has significant question marks outside of the relatively inexperienced duo of Ty Blach and Chris Stratton.

Harvey won't necessarily be an answer to these problems, but he comes with minimal risk and high upside for a team willing to take a chance on him.

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