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The New York Mets didn’t have to look very far to find a suitor for Matt Harvey. On Tuesday night the team announced they had a deal in place with the Cincinnati Reds to trade Harvey in exchange for injury-plagued catcher Devin Mesoroca.
After a breakout season in 2014, Mesoroca has played in 113 games from 2015-present. He has undergone surgery on both hips and his right shoulder (torn labrum). Mesoroca broke his foot in 2017 and was out for an extended period.
Just three hours before last night’s Mets-Reds game, Mesoroca was penciled in the Reds lineup. After taking batting practice in a Reds uniform he was notified of the trade and picked up his gear and went across the diamond into the Mets clubhouse where a locker and uniform awaited him. Mesoroca was behaving like a modern day Joel Youngblood.
He told the Cincinnati Enquirer:
“It was super weird. It was kind of surreal. It was nice to know Jay (Bruce) and have him introduce me to some guys. It’s a lot to have happen in 15 minutes, being with a whole club when you’ve been there 10 years. It was a whirlwind. But I’m thankful the Mets showed some faith and are going to give me an opportunity.”
For Mets fans, life will only get weirder. There is something bizarre, strange, surreal (pick your favorite word) about seeing a player in another uniform, especially if they’ve spent a long time in Mets blue-and-orange.
Such is the case with Harvey. All he’s ever known, or been known as, is a New York Met. The next time we see him it will be in a Cincinnati Reds uniform.
If you’ve lived long enough to experience the feeling when you first saw Tom Seaver in a Reds uniform, you know that sick-to-your-stomach feeling.
Or, more recently, Daniel Murphy all smiles wearing a Washington Nationals jersey and cap.
It kind of leaves you breathless for a moment. You feel like you are having a bad dream.
NEWS AND NOTES:
Yankees: Aroldis Chapman threw the fastest pitch to date this season — 103.3 miles per hour — in the ninth inning of the New York Yankees 3-2 win over the Boston Red Sox last night. Unfortunately for Jackie Bradley Jr. the pitch hit him in the elbow. Bradley Jr., who was wearing a protective elbow pad, marched down to first seemingly without any pain.
Astros: Is Jose Altuve a candidate to each the 3,000 hit club? That is the question The Houston Chronicle debated. Altuve is certainly on pace to make a run, averaging just over one hit per game (1,298 hits in 1,019 games played). That, in and of itself, is outstanding. He is still just 28 years old and has 200 or more hits four straight seasons. To legitimately have a chance to reach 3,000 hits Altuve would need to average 200 hits (or more) fir eight more seasons. If he can do that, he would reach the 3,000 hit plateau at age 35 of 36.
Mariners: James Paxton made history Tuesday night, throwing a no-hitter against the Toronto Blue Hats at the Rogers Centre. Paxton, a native of British Columbia, is the first Canadian to pitch a no-hitter in his home country and third major league pitcher to throw a no-hitter this season.
“You couldn’t write this stuff. Pretty amazing to have it happen against the Blue Jays, at home in Canada.”