It appears Matt Harvey will be signing a deal to return to the Orioles on a minor league contract, according to multiple sources.
Per MASN’s Roch Kubatko, Orioles GM Mike Elias has confirmed the Orioles are working on this deal.
Upon signing the deal, Harvey will report to Florida for extended spring training and gradually build up to make his return to Baltimore.
Harvey went 6-14 last season with a 6.27 ERA. He did have a 3-1 July with a 2.45 ERA across 22 innings in his best stretch last season.
Across his career, the 33-year-old is 50-66 with a 4.42 ERA in 966.1 career innings. The former first-round pick has pitched for the Mets, Reds, Angels, Royals and Orioles across his career.
Harvey will provide depth and a veteran arm in need until the younger prospects are ready to make their debuts or need more time to fully develop.
The former Mets ace could still face an immediate suspension of at least 60 days for his admission in federal court that he supplied opioids to late Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs on several occasions, Major League Baseball said back in February. The pitcher, who also admitted to cocaine use at the trial, would be able to appeal any suspension.
In other news, the Orioles have traded minor league infielder Mason McCoy to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for cash considerations, according to MASN’s Roch Kubatko. McCoy, 27, was drafted by Baltimore in 2017 and slashed .267/.331/.376 in 421 games played in the O’s farm system.
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