There is no question that the Dodgers need pitching help. Whether it’s in the bullpen or the starting rotation, they could definitely use picking up a valuable arm. The unfortunate news is that the market is slim for pitchers. However, a potential diamond in the rough was added early Friday afternoon.
BREAKING: The Mets have requested that Matt Harvey agree to a minor league assignment. He refused to accept, and will be DFA'd.
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) May 4, 2018
After six seasons, the New York Mets decided to part ways with their former ace. It’s been a dramatic season in New York, to say the least. Amid struggles, Harvey was demoted to the bullpen. He clearly wasn’t happy with the move saying he felt he deserved to be a starter. The reality of it all is that the move was long overdue. Since the start of the 2016 season, Harvey is 9-19 with an earned run average just under six. Not great for the guy who pitched the Mets to the 2015 World Series.
When asked if he would ever accept a stint in the minor leagues, he said he would not. Well, it looks like the Mets asked, he refused, and here we are.
As I mentioned earlier, the Dodgers are in desperate need of an arm. Harvey is definitely an interesting case. His first three seasons in the big leagues were some of the best we’ve seen from a newcomer in a long time. It genuinely appeared as if he was going to be their ace for a long time. Obviously, injuries derailed that, but he just hasn’t been able to bounce back.
If the Dodgers were to take a look at him, it could be for both starting and bullpen purposes. He could be a solid weapon out of the bullpen, as he still has the capability to touch the upper 90’s. With how injury riddled this team has been over the years, he could also slide in and become a starter when needed.
What do you think, Dodgers fans? Is Matt Harvey worth the risk?
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