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Thursday, May 10, 2018

ESPN: Reds acquire Matt Harvey, ship Devin Mesoraco to Mets

The Reds agreed to pay the Mets $5,788,978 as part of the trade, which made the deal come out nearly even financially. Harvey is making $5,625,000 on a one-year contract. Mesoraco gets $13 million in the final season of a four-year, $28 million deal.

This would have been a blockbuster deal a few seasons ago. Unfortunately, both players are now washed-out, former All-Stars. I realize that the Reds are desperate for starting pitching, but I don’t understand why they want to pay $13M for a season of Matt Harvey.

Graham & the 15-win "ARod Vortex of suck" Posted: May 10, 2018 at 09:55 AM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. DCA Posted: May 10, 2018 at 12:09 PM (#5669996)
but I don’t understand why they want to pay $13M for a season of Matt Harvey.

They don't, but they don't want to pay $13M for a season of Devin Mesoraco either.
   2. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: May 10, 2018 at 12:30 PM (#5670010)
They don't, but they don't want to pay $13M for a season of Devin Mesoraco either.


From the dugout today:

Jim Hickman had one of the all time fluke seasons in 1970--.315/419/ 582 (as opposed to .252/335/426 lifetime)--OPS+ 155 (108 lifetime)


Mesoraco looks a lot like that. 4.7 of his career 3.3 WAR came in 1 fluke season. 147 OPS+ (93 career).
   3. SandyRiver Posted: May 10, 2018 at 12:44 PM (#5670023)
Except for Hickman's way longer and mostly league-average career, Mesoraco's 2014 is an even bigger outlier.
2014: .273/.359/.534/.893 OPS+ 147 (440 PA), other 910 PA: .213/.282/.343/.625 OPS+ 67.

He certainly turned that one good year into lots of cash - $30+ million so far. What I can't understand is why the Reds (okay, it's because they're the Reds) boosted his salary from 7.3 mm to 13.1 mm this year, after 3 years with total 271 PA of OPS .600, for a 30-year-old 2nd baseman.
   4. Itchy Row Posted: May 10, 2018 at 12:58 PM (#5670038)
Mesoraco could have gotten another $2 million this year with playing time and award escalators between 2015 and 2017, but he came up very, very short.
   5. Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa Posted: May 10, 2018 at 01:31 PM (#5670080)
He certainly turned that one good year into lots of cash - $30+ million so far. What I can't understand is why the Reds (okay, it's because they're the Reds) boosted his salary from 7.3 mm to 13.1 mm this year, after 3 years with total 271 PA of OPS .600, for a 30-year-old 2nd baseman.


First, Mesoraco is a catcher, not a second baseman.

Second, the Reds signed him to a 4 year deal after his "breakout season", buying out all his arb years for cost certainty. First two years were nice and cheap and escalated in the last two. Unfortunately, shortly after signing that deal, he started having both hip and shoulder problems and has had surgery on, i think, all 4 ball-and-socket joints in his body. And, multiple surgeries on at least one of them. Deal seemed like a good idea at the time. .500 slugging catchers don't come around often. Still a better deal that the 100 million they gave Homer Bailey, which wasn't even a good idea at the time...
   6. PreservedFish Posted: May 10, 2018 at 01:36 PM (#5670083)
Mesoraco looks a lot like that. 4.7 of his career 3.3 WAR came in 1 fluke season. 147 OPS+ (93 career).


Seems unkind to call it a fluke season. Mesoraco was a top prospect and was expected to hit.
   7. SandyRiver Posted: May 11, 2018 at 10:35 AM (#5670644)
First, Mesoraco is a catcher, not a second baseman.

LOL (at myself, for translating "2" at BBRef as "2B")
Of course, a 30-yr old catcher, apparently oft injured during the prior 3 years, is no bargain either.
   8. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: May 11, 2018 at 11:12 AM (#5670694)
Mesoraco looks a lot like that. 4.7 of his career 3.3 WAR came in 1 fluke season.


He was pretty great that year, but it feels like a long time ago at this point.

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