New York Mets: Matt Harvey’s trade value was fair considering the circumstances

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 03: Matt Harvey (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 03: Matt Harvey (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images) /

The New York Mets got reasonable value in return for Matt  Harvey.

In a shocker, the New York Mets were actually able to make a trade for Matt Harvey. If the Cincinnati Reds had waited the Mets out Harvey would have been released. Instead they came up with a trade package. Here it is for anyone that missed it.

So there it is. The Matt Harvey era in New York has ended and it is time for him to resurrect his career in Ohio. With all things considered, the Mets got fair value in return for the former ace.

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First of all, the fact that anyone wanted to make a trade with the Mets for Harvey was a surprise in and of itself. The time to trade Harvey for maximum value would have been after the 2015 World Series. He was the old Matt Harvey then.

Now, to call him a mess would be a gross understatement. His downfall has been fast, and frankly, been very hard to watch. The fact that anyone gave up resources for his services was a shock.

Giving the Mets money in return is also a show of good will by the Reds. Matt Harvey’s salary for this season is $5.6 million, while Devin Mesoraco is still due $13 million, prorated, over the rest of 2018. Money to help the Mets pay that salary off was a nice gesture.

The Mets needed catching help so Devin Mesoraco definitely fills a need. He lost his starting job but, like Harvey, is a former All-Star. In 2014 he put up 25 home runs and 80 RBI. Mesoraco also posted a career high batting average of .273. Unfortunately for him he was afflicted with injuries over the last three seasons, but when healthy, his bat has potential.

On defense, Mesoraco has a career fielding percentage of .994 and a caught stealing percentage of 25% which is not exactly elite but it is not bad either. The fact is that the Mets needed another body behind the plate. The fact that the Reds took Matt Harvey off of their hands in return for that body is a positive, and one that was unexpected.

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Did anyone out there really believe the Mets would pull off a trade for Harvey? Let’s be fair and give Sandy Alderson credit for getting something done. He didn’t hurt the Mets badly in the financial department and he added to a position of need. It’s hard to give them anything but praise. All things considered the trade was very fair.