The Orioles have decided to roll the dice on another former All-Star, signing right-handed pitcher Matt Harvey to a minor league deal, just 10 days after signing Félix Hernández to a similar deal. Harvey, a former Met, Red, Angel, and Royal will make $1 million if he makes the team.
From 2012-2015, Harvey was masterful for the Mets, going 25-18 with a 2.53 ERA and 449 strikeouts in 427 innings, earning an All-Star nod in 2013. Harvey missed the enitire 2014 after undergoing Tommy John surgery but returned in top form in 2015, going 13-8 with a 2.71 ERA, helping lead the Mets to the World Series and earning National League Comeback Player of the Year honors.
The wheels began to fall off for the former seventh overall draft pick during 2016, as he was ineffective before having surgery in June for thoracic outlet syndrome and missing the rest of the season. He has never returned to form since, going 19-34 with a 5.82 ERA since 2016, while battling various injuries, a couple off-the-field issues, and ineffectiveness.
The 31-year-old, known as “The Dark Knight”, has seen his strikeout rate fall dramatically, going from 10.6 per nine innings during his rookie year to 7.2 per nine innings over his last 44 starts.
With the trade of Alex Cobb to the Angels opening up a starting rotation spot, Harvey figures to be in the competition this spring, alongside names like Wade LeBlanc, Félix Hernández, and Jorge López.
Welcome to Birdland, Matt!