After being linked to Matt Harvey in the weeks leading up to the July 31 trading deadline, it looks like he may be heading to Milwaukee after all -- just a month later than some expected.
Jon Heyman says the Brewers are the team that “won” the claim on the former New York Met and current Cincinnati Red and now have until 12:30 this afternoon to reach a deal.
Sources: Brewers are the team that got the claim on Matt Harvey. They have 5 hours, 18 minutes to go before their deadline for this trade (deadline is 1:30 et)— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) August 24, 2018
Brewers should have every incentive to do this deal. They are still a starter short, and are currently tied for the 2nd wild card, and 1/2 game behind 1st wild card. @BNightengale suggested Milwaukee might have gotten Harvey claim. (They did!)— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) August 24, 2018
If you’re part of the Do Something crowd, here you go.
It’s debateable whether Harvey is truly an upgrade over anyone currently in the Brewers’ rotation. Much has been made about Harvey’s big turnaround in Cincinnati -- but mostly just because he was that bad in New York that anything could be seen as an improvement. He has a 4.28 ERA/4.50 FIP/4.57 DRA.
For the sake of comparison:
Junior Guerra - 3.72 ERA/4.20 FIP/4.53 DRA
Jhoulys Chacin - 3.58 ERA/4.01 FIP/4.56 DRA
Wade Miley - 2.18 ERA/4.08 FIP/4.61 DRA
Freddy Peralta - 4.02 ERA/3.58 FIP/4.72 DRA
Chase Anderson - 3.92 ERA/5.23 FIP/5.15 DRA
You could argue Harvey may be pitching slightly better than Anderson right now, but even then, Harvey would likely just be a 6th “meh” pitcher in a rotation full of “meh” pitchers.