Report: Former Mets Ace Matt Harvey Close to Deal With Royals

Harvey went 3-5 with a 7.09 ERA in 12 starts for the Angels last season.

Jordan Cohn
July 23, 2020 - 2:48 pm
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After disappointing comeback attempts with the Reds and the Angels fell flat, a new team has surfaced as a likely destination for former Mets ace Matt Harvey. Coincidentally, it's the team that he started against twice in the 2015 World Series in two losing efforts, though both registered as no decisions for Harvey.

That team, of course, is the Kansas City Royals, and RADIO.COM Sports MLB insider Jon Heyman had the scoop.

Reports earlier in the summer indicated that Harvey was weighing several options for the next step of his baseball career, though they were not MLB teams.

Heyman tweeted in early June that both Korean and Japanese teams were looking at the right-hander. Dan Martin of the New York Post said that Harvey's reps, working with MLB super agent Scott Boras, were looking toward Korean teams to revitalize the 31-year-old's career. Harvey also admitted to the New York Post that though he felt great mechanically, he had pondered the thought of retirement.

Harvey went 3-5 with a 7.09 ERA in 12 starts for the Angels last season, a far cry from his early career numbers (25-18, 2.53 ERA from 2012-2015). The Royals, similarly to Harvey in 2019, struggled on the mound. The team was in the bottom five in ERA. They also ranked in the bottom five in terms of the value they derived from their starting pitching, as were Harvey's previous team, the Angels (see chart below).

MLB Wins Above Avg By Position Table
RkSP
25
CHW
-2.0
26
KCR
-3.0
27
TOR
-3.3
28
SFG
-4.1
29
PIT
-5.1
30
LAA
-7.0
AVG2.0
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/23/2020.

There doesn't seem to be much improvement in store for the 2020 season. CBS Sports' Matt Snyder ranked the Royals' rotation as the second worst in all of baseball.

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