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Examining the Reds and Mets trade of Devin Mesoraco and Matt Harvey

Mets trade Matt Harvey to Reds for Devin Mesoraco

The New York Mets and Cincinnati Reds have agreed on a deal for pitcher Matt Harvey. In exchange, the Reds will send catcher Devin Mesoraco to Mets. Cincinnati will also send an undisclosed amount of cash to New York as well.

The deal seems like a good move for both sides. The Mets need a catcher with Travis D’Arnaud on the disabled list with a torn UCL. Jose Lobaton and Tomas Nido have struggled to fill in for the starting catcher. Adding a player like Devin Mesoraco is a gamble, but it could pay off in a big way. Since his breakout year in 2014, Mesoraco has been plagued by injuries. Hip surgery had him sidelined in 2015 and 2016. He played sparingly behind Tucker Barnhart who has emerged as the starting catcher for the Reds.

Still, Mesoraco brings some value to the New York Mets. In 2014, he hit .273/.359/.534 with 25 home runs and 80 RBIs. He’s only batting .220 this season, but more reps could be a catalyst to getting him going this season. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Mets transferred Anthony Swarzak to the 60-day disabled list.

Devin Mesoraco Mets

Devin Mesoraco will get a second chance to be an MLB starting catcher.

The Cincinnati Reds are in desperate need of pitching help. The Reds are dead last in the MLB with a 5.32 team era and opponents are batting .268 against them. The Reds need a spark and are hoping that Matt Harvey can provide it. Cincinnati has been last in the NL Central all season so far and is currently tied with the Baltimore Orioles for the worst record in Major League Baseball. The Reds have selected the contract of Tony Cruz and he is expected to back up Barnhart for the rest of the season.

Matt Harvey Reds

The Reds will look to Harvey for some balance among the pitching staff.

Harvey is as big of a gamble to the Reds as Mesoraco is to the Mets. The past three MLB seasons haven’t been kind to him. Before that, Harvey looked like he was on his way to a solid MLB career. He was an all-star in 2013 but missed the 2014 season due to Tommy John surgery. Harvey came back strong in 2015 with a 13-8 record, 2.71 era, and 188 strikeouts.

The deal seems to be fair for both the Reds and Mets. With both players becoming free agents at the end of the season, neither team was expected to resign them. A change of scenery could be the best option for both Harvey and Mesoraco. If both players thrive in their new homes, the Mets are more likely to resign Mesoraco than the Reds are to resign Harvey.