Oakland Athletics sign Matt Harvey to minor league deal, per reports

The Oakland Athletics can’t get enough pitching.

Wednesday night, the RosterRoundup Twitter account first reported that the A’s signed right-handed pitcher Matt Harvey to a minor league deal.

The former Mets star has had a tumultuous few years in the league of late, most recently the Angels signed him to an $11 million, one-year deal this offseason and released him after he posted a 7.09 ERA over 12 starts in Los Angeles.

But the A’s are ever willing to help pave a pathway for lost pitchers. And a rotation still feeling a bit cobbled and vulnerable given injuries and some inconsistencies is always open for fresh potential.

Harvey is set to start games for the triple-A Las Vegas Aviators in a rotation currently occupied by Sean Manaea and Jesus Luzardo, who are both potential candidates to take a spot in the rotation. Manaea struck out 10 batters in 5.2 innings in Omaha on Tuesday and should pitch up to 100 pitches in another start with the Aviators before a potential return to Oakland. Luzardo is a bit further behind than Manaea in his rehab assignment, but it’s hard not to wonder how his electric stuff might play in the big leagues.

It’s unclear how Harvey would fit into the big league roster situation. The rotation, as it stands, is keeping its head above water. Mike Fiers, Tanner Roark, Brett Anderson, Chris Bassitt and Homer Bailey are solidifying the bunch. But there’s room for improvement, and the injury bug is clearly made its home in Oakland’s pitching staff, so reinforcements are clearly welcome.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


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