The Mets have traded Matt Harvey to the Reds for catcher Devin Mesoraco Tuesday, just days after Harvey was designated from assignment after refusing a minor league demotion.
Harvey’s struggles have continued through 2018, throwing a paltry 7.00 ERA and 5.39 FIP. Not even a tenure in the bullpen could revitalize Harvey’s pitching, as he gave up five earned runs in two innings in his final game in a Mets uniform this past Thursday.
In return for Harvey, the Mets fill a desperate need at catcher by acquiring Devin Mesoraco. The 29-year old catcher has shown in the past that he can produce offensively, as he hit with a .273 BA and drilled 25 home runs in his 2014 All-Star season. However, Mesoraco’s offensive upside has been hindered by a dreadful injury history. Since 2015, Mesoraco has played in only 95 games. Mesoraco should become an instant starter over Tomas Nido and Jose Lobaton, and could remain in that position even when Kevin Plawecki returns.
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