DETROIT -- As the 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline approached inside the Reds' clubhouse on Tuesday, closer Raisel Iglesias kept an eye on his phone and jokingly yelled "10 minutes!" Starting pitcher Matt Harvey quietly went to the field to play catch.Harvey and Iglesias figured most often in Reds
DETROIT -- As the 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline approached inside the Reds' clubhouse on Tuesday, closer Raisel Iglesias kept an eye on his phone and jokingly yelled "10 minutes!" Starting pitcher Matt Harvey quietly went to the field to play catch.
Harvey and Iglesias figured most often in Reds trade rumors the past couple of months, but neither were traded. Teammates gave Harvey high-fives for staying, instead of hugs goodbye.
"I'm very happy," Harvey said. "I know coming over here, there was all the talk about getting flipped right away as soon as things came back. To be on the other end of that where they want me here, it's nice to know that."
Cincinnati acquired Harvey from the Mets on May 8 for catcher Devin Mesoraco after he was phased out of New York's rotation. He rebuilt his status by being healthy, showing increased velocity and having success with Cincinnati. But because he's a free agent after the season, he was viewed as a prime trade target to help a contender.
Ultimately, the Reds didn't like the offers they received to make additional moves on Tuesday after making a trade late Monday that sent left fielder Adam Duvall to the Braves for pitchers Lucas Sims and Matt Wisler, and outfielder Preston Tucker.
"I would say we were looking to get deals done, but it's part of the business when they don't get done," president of baseball operations Dick Williams said. "You have to set limits for yourself for what you're willing to do and try as hard as you can to get deals done within those parameters and if they don't happen, you have to be willing to accept it and move forward."
Williams did not view the inability to move Harvey before the Deadline as a setback.
"The acquisition of Matt Harvey has been a huge positive for us, period," he said. "We got the guy because we wanted to stabilize our pitching and we wanted a guy that was going to come over here and make a positive impact. We took a risk: It paid off.
"Everybody knows the reality of his contract situation. He's a free agent at the end of the year. We understand that and are open to moving him if the appropriate deal comes along. We said all along, you can't execute a good trade if you put yourself in a position of feeling like you have to have one done by the end of the day. We set, what we thought, were appropriate parameters and we held to it."
After showing improvement following a 3-18 start to the season -- and having the National League's best winning percentage since June 10 -- the Reds' front office felt less pressure to unload players. Instead, Williams could be more selective especially since the club is seeking to win as many games as possible in 2018 while trying to build a winning culture toward potentially contending in 2019.
Harvey, or other players, can still be moved in August, but it becomes more complicated since they must go through revocable waivers. Another club can block a deal by claiming a player. The trading team can pull the player back and keep him, negotiate a trade with the claiming team or let the player go. In that last scenario, the claiming team must assume the player's remaining salary. If the two sides decide to work out a trade, they have 48 hours to complete it.
With Harvey sticking around, the Reds still have a six-man starting rotation. That was something interim manager Jim Riggleman wasn't looking to keep long term. Since no other pitchers were moved, Sims and Wisler were told to report to Triple-A Louisville. Sims was viewed as the deal's centerpiece by Williams and could eventually join the big league rotation. Tucker was scheduled to arrive at Comerica Park before Tuesday's game vs. the Tigers and be available from the bench. Riggleman planned to chat with his pitching coaches, Williams and general manager Nick Krall soon.
"You can go with six, but it's the lack of a bullpen guy that you miss," Riggleman said. "Pitching on five days' rest is something they do a lot anyway because there's so many off-days now. If that turned into six off-days, you'd get some guys out of whack … I'm pretty sure we'll make an adjustment."
If Harvey is not dealt before the end of the season, the Reds would not receive compensation for him if he signs elsewhere as a free agent. Harvey declined to answer questions about whether he and agent Scott Boras would seek a contract extension to remain with the Reds beyond 2018.
"I'm definitely not going to talk about extensions or free agency or anything like that," Harvey said.
Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.