The Reds have nothing left to play for in 2018 and the Brewers are in the heat of a wild NL playoff race, but the teams were unable to work out a deal that would send Matt Harvey from Cincinnati to Milwaukee.
Cincinnati general manager Nick Krall told reporters his team was unable to work out a satisfactory deal with Milwaukee after the Brewers claimed the right-hander on waivers this week. That means Harvey will play out the string with the last-place Reds before hitting free agency this offseason — beginning with making his scheduled start Friday afternoon in Chicago.
Krall said they want positive momentum through the end of the season and the team likes having Harvey on the team. I’m still surprised and not sure I get it either
— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) August 24, 2018
Harvey started the year with a 7.00 ERA in eight appearances for the Mets before he was dealt to Cincinnati on May 8 in exchange for Devin Mesoraco and cash. That came on the heels of a brutal 2017 that saw the former All-Star post a 6.70 ERA in 19 appearances (18 starts).
While he hasn’t exactly returned to 2015 form in Cincinnati, he has been far more effective, with a 4.28 ERA in 17 starts and much-improved strikeout-to-walk ratio.
If nothing else, Harvey would have provided Milwaukee some insurance for the injury-prone Wade Miley as it battles the Cubs and Cardinals down the stretch in both the NL Central and wide-open wild-card race. Barring another deal, though, the Brewers will head into September with what they have on hand after watching Chicago add Daniel Murphy and St. Louis bring back Matt Adams this week.