With Noah Syndergaard out for the entire 2020, and potentially some of the 2021 season the Mets could use another starter.
If baseball is played in 2020 the Mets rotation would be Jacob deGrom, Marcus Stroman, Steven Matz, Rick Porcello, and Michael Wacha.
If the Mets want another starter why not bring in Bartolo Colon, a fan favorite player, and a player who recently said he wants to retire as a Met?
Why bring in Matt Harvey?
Harvey is 16 years younger than Colon and has the motivation to prove he is done playing baseball. Harvey worked out with the Blue Jays prior to the season being suspended but wasn’t offered a contract. Both Harvey and Colon didn’t look impressive the last time they were both playing in the majors.
Harvey signed a one year $11 million deal with the Angels prior to the 2019 season, but that deal didn’t particularly work out.
Harvey started 12 games for the Angels and went 3-5 with a 7.09 ERA, and a 6.35 FIP.
Colon last pitched for the Rangers in 2018 and was slightly more effective than 2019 Matt Harvey. Colon pitched in 28 games with Texas and started 24 of those games. He went 7-12 with a 5.78 ERA and a 5.47 FIP.
Signing either of these pitchers at this point in their careers would almost be out of nostalgia because neither Harvey or Colon is what they were when they were with the Mets the first time. Harvey isn’t the ace he was during 2012, 2013, and 2015 seasons, and Colon is the crafty veteran starter he was during his initial run with the Mets from 2014-2016.
Colon would be the pitcher the Mets should sign if the 2020 season is played in a shortened capacity. But the Mets should consider signing Harvey for the 2021 season. The logic here is that Stroman, Porcello, and Michael are all leaving in free agency after the 2020 season and if Syndergaard is out for any significant amount of time in 2021 the Mets only have two starters for next year: Jacob deGrom, and Steven Matz.
Harvey isn’t going to be his “Dark Knight” form that he was from 2012-2015 where he was 22-13 with a 2.50 and a 2.55 FIP in 55 starts. But, he could be the pitcher he was with Cincinnati after the trade-in 2018 Harvey could be a solid back-end of the rotation starter. Harvey had a pretty decent season with the Reds after he was traded in 2018. In 24 starts he went 7-7 with a 4.50 ERA with a 4.33 FIP in 128 innings pitched.
Bringing in Harvey for the shortened 2020 season (if it happens) and the 2021 season would be a reclamation project, but if new Mets pitching coach Jeremy Hefner can help Harvey transform himself Harvey could still have a baseball career ahead of him.
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