The situation between the Mets and starting pitcher Matt Harvey is not a simple one, but the right-hander will be back on the mound soon.
Mets manager Terry Collins announced Monday that Harvey will start Friday against the Brewers upon the conclusion of his three-day suspension without pay for failing to show up to Saturday’s game. But that doesn’t mean the drama will come to a close.
Harvery claimed he had a migraine, according to multiple news reports, and a miscommunication with the club led to all the subsequent commotion.
The Braves had just traded Smith to Seattle hours earlier, but the Mariners announced shortly afterward that another trade involving Smith was in the works.
Once the dust settled, Seattle will have a rotation that consists of Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma, James Paxton, Drew Smyly and Yovani Gallardo. Though all five of them have had success, and have upside, it’s still not a rotation that strikes fear in opposing lineups.
On the other hand, Smith is a speedy outfielder who already has elite defensive skills with developing offensive numbers. In 72 games played with Atlanta last season, Smith MLB Jerseys Usa slashed .238/.316/.365 with 22 RBIs and 16 stolen bases before getting injured.
Smyly endured a dreadful season last year with the Rays, finishing with a 7-12 record and a poor 4.88 ERA. The left-handed pitcher is still 27 years old, but he will have to show more consistency for this trade to work in Seattle’s favor. Moving to spacious Safeco Field should help.
At first glance, the Mariners came out on top in this deal. They gave away some middling prospects and an outfielder they had just received, who, in truth, is very similar to Jarrod Dyson, another recent trade acquisition. But Smith could easily wind up as the best player in this trade.
Tampa Bay, a team built for the future, should be able to help nurture Smith’s career.