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Matt Harvey won't be coming to Red Sox because this NL team put in a claim first

John Tomase
August 24, 2018 - 11:58 am

If the Red Sox had any thoughts about pursuing a trade for Matt Harvey, they can put them to rest, because he never even made it out of the National League.

The Reds placed the former All-Star right-hander on trade waivers, and he was claimed by the Brewers, according to Jon Heyman of Fancred. Milwaukee now has until 1:30 on Friday afternoon to complete a deal. If it doesn't, the Reds can either let him go for nothing or pull him back and keep him for the rest of the season.

It's unlikely the Red Sox would've had much interest anyway, unless they're more worried about ace Chris Sale than they've let on. Harvey opened the season with the Mets before being traded to the Reds in May. He went 0-2 with a 7.00 ERA in New York, where he made the first two relief appearances of his career, but also clashed with management. He has shown marginal improvement in Cincinnati, going 6-5 with a 4.28 ERA in 17 starts.

He's no longer the pitcher he was in New York, when he featured a blazing fastball and struck out over 10 batters per inning. Since undergoing Tommy John surgery and missing the 2014 season, the Connecticut native has been a different pitcher who's striking out fewer than seven batters per nine this season.