Former New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey has officially signed on with the Los Angeles Angels.
Source: Matt Harvey has agreed to a deal with the Angels.
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) December 19, 2018
The news hit after reports that the Oakland Athletics were also interested. The Angels move mimics that of the Mets trading for Edwin Diaz to prevent their NL East Division rivals, the Philadelphia Phillies, picking the closer up.
Harvey went from going to the World Series to representing a guy who got injured not going to the bathroom at Spring Training and having problems with his girlfriend.
Harvey started the game that saw the Mets lose the World Series.
Critics complained about keeping Harvey in too long. But why, when it’s easier to complain about how Jeurys Familia is returning to the Mets on a three year, $30 million deal this year? And Harvey snagging a complete game at the World Series would’ve been Mets, not to mention, MLB history for the player.
The Dark Knight returns to a major media market for the first time since being traded to the Cincinnati Reds for catcher Devin Mesoraco. The move is not only good for Harvey, who becomes $11 million richer, but also good for the Angels. It’s a short-term, one year deal with a pitcher whose ceiling still may have a little room remaining. Matt Shoemaker is the only recent pitcher who has come close and he’s been in decline for a while.
In 2018, Harvey started 0-2 in the Mets’ rocky season, prior to being moved to the Bullpen. He was eventually designated for assignment, thus ending his Metropolitans career. While with the Reds, he improved to a 7-7 record.
Harvey debuted in 2012 with a 2.73 ERA. He then followed that up with a 2.27 ERA, a 9-5 record, an All-Star appearance at Citi Field and fourth place in the Cy Young race and a shutout that season. In 2015, he showcased a sparkling 13-8 record and 2.71 ERA.