The Atlanta Braves could opt to find starting pitching depth using unconventional methods. The Braves should take a chance and sign former rival and current free agent Matt Harvey.
Matt Harvey has been released by the Angels after posting a 7.09 ERA and failing to put together anything resembling a productive outing. He is now a free agent and will likely earn another opportunity for a contending team.
While it may seem odd to expect the struggling Harvey to land with a contending team it seems likely. The trade deadline seems as if it will be complimentary moves with few blockbusters considering the asking prices we are hearing leak around the League.
A player like Harvey is a low risk potential high reward option for a contender who needs pitching. That description perfectly fits Atlanta, Atlanta hasn’t been afraid to take on reclamation projects in the past and Harvey would be just that.
Harvey may not have the same stuff he did during his New York Mets days but he is still only 30-years and old and seemingly should put it together at some point once again.
If the Braves sign Harvey he can give them a long relief and spot starting option. Perhaps they will be able to help him find the pitcher he once was again. The Reds and Angels both attempted to do the same with disappointing results.
Perhaps suggesting Harvey simply will never be the pitcher he once was. Still there is nothing Atlanta has to lose in adding a former ace to a team who badly needs pitching to help them get ready for a postseason run.
Signing Matt Harvey would be a solid move for a Braves team who seems unwilling to part with prospects for rentals Harvey could be a solid compromise.