A's add RHP Harvey on minor league deal - Metro US

A’s add RHP Harvey on minor league deal


With their battle for an American League playoff spot in full force despite a short-handed rotation for much of this season, the Oakland A’s agreed on a minor league contract with veteran right-hander Matt Harvey.

The A’s have three prominent starting pitchers — Marco Estrada, Daniel Gossett and Sean Manaea — on the injured list, with Frankie Montas in the midst of an 80-game suspension for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy.

Harvey, 30, has been a victim of injury himself this season, having missed seven weeks because of an upper back strain before the Los Angeles Angels designated him for assignment on July 19 shortly after his return.

A former New York Mets phenom, Harvey recorded a 3-5 record with a 7.09 ERA, 39 strikeouts and 29 walks over 59 2/3 innings in 12 starts for the Angels this season. He was signed to a one-year, $11 million contract in December after the Cincinnati Reds granted him free agency.

The No. 7 overall pick in the 2010 draft, Harvey was an All-Star in 2013 when he went 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA for the Mets, finishing fourth in the National League Cy Young Award voting that season.

He missed the entire 2014 season because of Tommy John surgery, but he returned to go 13-8 with a 2.71 ERA in 2015, helping the Mets reach the World Series, where they lost in five games to the Kansas City Royals.

Since the start of 2016, Harvey has not been the same pitcher. From 2012-15, he compiled a 25-18 mark with a 2.53 ERA. He has gone just 19-31 since with a bloated 5.65 ERA.

Overall, Harvey has a 44-49 record with a 4.04 ERA in 145 games (140 starts) over seven major league seasons, primarily with the Mets (2012-17). He split the 2018 season between the Mets and the Reds.

Oakland, 9 1/2 games behind the Houston Astros in the American League West, is within striking distance in the American League wild-card race entering play Thursday two games back of the Tampa Bay Rays.

–Field Level Media

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