As you may have heard, the Mets recently officially brought an end to the exciting, tumultuous Matt Harvey era, designating him for assignment after he turned down a proposed stint in the minors to try to work out his struggles in Las Vegas. While the likelihood is that the Mets’ window to move Harvey will pass and the pitcher will become a free agent, some speculation has arisen about possible candidates to acquire Harvey via trade before he hits the open market.
One suggestion is that the Boston Red Sox might be willing to swap Blake Swihart for Harvey. The former top catching prospect has been hanging on in a utility role for Boston, and there is a chance his roster spot might be in jeopardy with Dustin Pedroia soon to come off the disabled list. And as you also might have heard, the Mets have a bit of a need for catching help at the moment.
Other destinations that have been speculated about for Harvey include the Texas Rangers—in large part due to the presence of former Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen on the Texas staff—along with the San Francisco Giants due to the recent injury to Johnny Cueto. These rumors seem more centered around possible fit and need, without any mention as to possible return, so those teams might be more inclined to simply take a flier in free agency. Whether they are able to secure some sort of return for Harvey or not, his star-crossed time with the franchise will soon officially come to an end.