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Mets Trade Matt Harvey To Reds

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The New York Mets have traded RHP Matt Harvey to the Cincinnati Reds for C Devin Mesoraco and cash. Because the two teams are playing a series against each other, Mesoraco will walk across the field and join the Mets dugout tonight.

Harvey, 29, was designated for assignment by the Mets last week after refusing to go to the Minor Leagues. In 8 games (4 starts) in 2018, Harvey is 0-2 with a 7.00 ERA. He has given up 21 runs and 33 hits in 27 innings.

Harvey finished 4th in NL Cy Young voting in 2013, going 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA.

After undergoing Tommy John Surgery and missing the 2014 season, Harvey came back with a vengeance in 2015, going 13-8 with a 2.71 ERA. In 3 Postseason starts, Harvey is 2-0 with a 3.04 ERA.

Harvey’s career has gone into a tailspin after that season. In 2016, he went 4-10 with a 4.86 ERA and in 2017 he went 5-7 with a 6.70 ERA. He has dealt with nagging injuries and various DL stints. His poor performance, as well as his temper, has caused many New York fans to grow tired of him.

Harvey will join the Reds later in the week in Los Angeles.

Mesoraco has spent his entire career in Cincinnati, with 2018 being his 8th year in the show. After playing just 72 games in his first two seasons, Mesoraco played 103 games in 2013.

2014 was Mesoraco’s breakout year. He hit .273 with 25 home runs and 80 RBIs. He was named to the NL All Star team that season.

Since that year, however, Mesoraco has dealt with numerous injuries, playing in just 113 games over the past 4 seasons. Because of this and the play of Tucker Barnhart, Mesoraco has served as the backup catcher for the past season.

Both players were in need of a change of scenery, and both fan bases hope they are getting the players from a few years ago.

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Reds Hire David Bell as Manager

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The Cincinnati Reds hired former infielder David Bell to be their next manager, according to an official team announcement made on Sunday.

Bell, who worked for four seasons as a manager in Reds minor league system from 2008 until 2011, agreed to a three-year contract with a team option for 2022 and was formally introduced as the Reds’ manager during a Monday news conference.

Bell, 46, has spent the past two seasons as vice president of player development for the San Francisco Giants .

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Reds Place Joey Votto On Disabled List

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The Cincinnati Reds have placed Joey Votto on the 10-day disabled list due to a right knee contusion that he suffered last week when he was hit near the knee by Washington Nationals pitcher Ryan Madson in what has been viewed as intentional.

After the hit, Votto limped to first base as he barked at Madson, who appeared to be retaliating for the plunking of National players, such as Bryce Harper.

The trip to the disabled list will mark the first one for Votto since 2014, and he is posting a .284/.422/.419 batting line this season.

 

 

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Reds’ Jesse Winker Out for Season with Shoulder Injury

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Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jesse Winker will miss the rest of the 2018 season after dislocating his right shoulder, the team announced on Thursday.

“He’ll be ready for spring training next year,” Reds president of baseball operations Dick Williams said. “I don’t think we’ll see him playing this year.”

Winker, 24, will be replaced on the roster by outfielder Mason Williams and the Reds transferred infielder Alex Blandino to the 60-day disabled list to create space on the roster.

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