Sources: Rangers showing interest in Harvey

Assistant pitching coach Warthen's ties to righty make Texas a possible fit

May 7th, 2018

The Rangers have surrendered the most runs in the Major Leagues this year and must consider any possible upgrade to their pitching staff.

Matt Harvey is one of those options.

In last place in the American League West at 13-23, the Rangers have mild trade interest in Harvey, sources told MLB.com on Monday, at the outset of a pivotal week in the right-hander's career. The club has not confirmed an interest in acquiring the right-hander.

By designating Harvey for assignment last week -- often abbreviated "DFA" -- the Mets immediately removed Harvey from their 40-man roster and 25-man roster, and they have until Saturday to trade, release or place Harvey on irrevocable outright waivers. (He has already refused an assignment to the Minor Leagues.)

In addition to the Rangers' statistically evident need for pitching help, the organization has a Harvey connection that makes a trade more plausible: The team's assistant pitching coach, Dan Warthen, was the Mets' pitching coach through Harvey's first eight years with the organization.

The Giants are another potential trade fit for Harvey, given the uncertainty surrounding 's right elbow injury. The extent of Cueto's injury -- and the Giants' pitching needs -- should become more clear this week.

Of note, the Orioles and Mets discussed a deal for Harvey in the offseason, according to MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal. Baltimore currently has two starting pitchers, Chris Tillman and Alex Cobb, with ERAs above 7.00.

Teams could view Harvey, 29, as a short-term candidate to help their rotations, or an asset that could be flipped at the non-waiver Trade Deadline if his performance improves.

Harvey started the 2013 All-Star Game for the National League, but his 5.93 ERA since the start of 2016 is the Majors' third worst in that span among pitchers who have thrown at least 200 innings.