Texas Rangers trade rumors: Matt Harvey, the New York Mets pitcher who was recently designated for assignment by the Mets, has been the topic of MLB trade rumors since word came down the Mets were cutting ties with him. Jon Morosi tweets that the Rangers, who currently employ former Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen, have “mild trade interest” in Harvey.
The Rangers tend to be pretty thorough in checking in with teams and doing their due diligence, and so I’m sure the team is examining the possibility of making a move for Harvey. That would include getting feedback from Warthen, who, as Morosi notes, was Harvey’s pitching coach during his best years with the Mets.
That said, mild interest probably isn’t going to bring Harvey to Texas. I discussed a couple of days ago why I thought that Harvey wasn’t a great fit for the Rangers, and I’d still be surprised if the team were willing to part with anything of value, or pay any significant amount of Harvey’s salary, to take him on. My guess is that there are other teams that will have more interest in taking on Harvey, who can be a free agent at season’s end, and trying to straighten him out. That said, Morosi’s tweet indicates that the possibility is out there, and with the Mets until Saturday to waive, trade or release him, we will likely have several more days to speculate about it before there’s any resolution.
UPDATE — Here’s what Evan Grant has to say about it:
Lemme answer this quick because of intense fan interest: See it as possibility if he is released & Rangers think they can fix him & flip him. Can’t see them willing to take on any significant portion of remaining $5 mm salary for this season https://t.co/7mG3GjVYWR— Evan Grant (@Evan_P_Grant) May 7, 2018
UPDATE II — T.R. Sullivan says the Rangers have discussed Harvey internally, but right now, a trade is “not happening.”