Harvey was released by the Angels after going 3-5 with a 7.09 ERA.

MLB rumors: Much-maligned pitcher Matt Harvey to sign with Athletics


Matt Harvey has found a home.

The much-maligned starter who was once one of the best pitchers in baseball will sign a minor league deal with the Athletics, according to multiple outlets. He will report to the team's Triple-A Las Vegas club.

Harvey, 30, was designated for assignment and released by the Angels in late July after going 3-5 with a 7.09 ERA in 59 2/3 innings pitched.

He initially came up with the Mets after being selected in the top 10 in the 2010 draft and was a revelation to New York's pitching staff.

He went 3-5 with a 2.73 ERA in 10 starts as a rookie and followed that up with an All-Star appearance his next season. He also finished fourth in the National League Cy Young voting in 2013.

That is when his troubles began.

Harvey was forced to undergo Tommy John surgery and missed all of the 2014 season. He then came back and was very good for New York in 2015 as the Mets made it to the World Series and lost to the Royals in five games.

During that series, he became a big story when he refused to come out after tossing eight shutout innings in Game 5, only to allow two runs in the top of the ninth as the Royals tied the game. New York would go on to lose 7-2 in extra innings.

Harvey never found his best form again after that, posting a 4.86 ERA in 2016 with his season being cut short due to surgery to repair thoracic outlet syndrome.

He then posted a 6.70 ERA in 2017 and a 7.00 ERA in 27 innings with New York in 2018 before he was traded to the Reds following a demotion to the bullpen and a reported evening at a nightclub before a start. He then finished out his season well but did not re-sign in Cincinnati and signed a one-year deal with the Angels this offseason.

The A's are clearly hoping they'll be able to find the Harvey closer to what showed up in Cincinnati to end the year last season. He posted a 4.50 ERA in 24 starts in one of the best hitter parks in all of MLB. If that Harvey shows up then Oakland will have found a viable starter down the stretch.



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