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Mets trade former ace Harvey to Reds Mesoraco

09 May 2018

PJ Conlon's start for the New York Mets last night meant that he ended a 73 year wait for an Irish MLB star since Corkman Joe Cleary lined out for the Washington Senators in 1945.

"We've acquired Devin Mesoraco from Cincinnati for Matt Harvey", the Mets said on their official Twitter page.

Harvey is obviously a mess, but the Reds have nothing to lose in trying to fix him, especially if since it helps them get rid of a catcher they don't need. Other teams were interested in Harvey, but the Reds were aggressive and fit the Mets' needs. As the oldest manager in the majors, though, he led the Mets to the World Series and to a wild card berth in 2016.

Harvey is 0-2 with a 7.00 ERA in eight appearances (four starts) this season. His results didn't improve in the bullpen, leading the Mets to see if he'd accept being sent to the minors.

The Mets will pay the remainder of Harvey's $5,625,000 salary this season, while the Reds will take on what's left of the $13,125,000 million Mesoraco is due in the final season of the four-year, $28 million extension he signed in 2015, according to The Athletic.

The Mets lost starting catcher Travis d'Arnaud to season-ending Tommy John surgery last month, so Mesoraco gives them another option. He slumped to 4-10 the following season before having season-ending surgery to fix thoracic outlet syndrome and went just 5-7 with a 6.70 ERA last season. He's batting.220 in 18 games with one homer and three RBI.

Harvey was nicknamed the Dark Knight and started the 2013 All-Star Game on his home mound at Citi Field. Hip, shoulder and foot injuries limited him to 95 games over the next three seasons, when he hit only six homers and drove in 17 runs.