Chicago Cubs: Could Matt Harvey fit in Chicago?
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Earlier in the season, Matt Harvey was a big topic around Major League Baseball, after he struggled with the New York Mets and refused to report to Triple-A. Harvey was eventually designated for assignment and the Mets ultimately traded him to the Cincinnati Reds.
While Cincinnati may have seemed like an odd landing spot for Harvey at first, he proceeded to perform well with the change of scenery to a smaller market. After going 0-2 with a 7.00 ERA with the Mets, Harvey is 6-5 with a 4.51 ERA with the Reds.
In August in particular, Harvey has taken strides. In three starts in August, Harvey has a 3.63 ERA—the best in any month this season for the right-hander.
Meanwhile, Harvey is much less expensive than Shields. He is making just $5,625,000 this season.
While Harvey may have seemed like a rather unlikely option for the Cubs with his perceived clubhouse issues and on-field struggles with the Mets, after his strong performance in Cincinnati, Harvey could be an interesting option for rotation help.