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Reds may already be looking to deal Harvey

May 18 2018 2:06 AM

The Cincinnati Reds are putting a new definition on the term rental with Matt Harvey.

Cincinnati general manager Dick Williams told USA Today the team could treat Harvey as an asset to pick up prospects rather than one whose career they plan to revive.

"We're looking at him more opportunistically," he said.

"It was a bit of a reclamation project because the current perception of his performance has been down, so we definitely right now view it as a chance to create a positive arbitrage."

Harvey has made two starts for the Reds this year. In his first outing, he held the Los Angeles Dodgers scoreless through four innings, but he had more trouble his second time out.

The 29-year-old gave up three runs and seven hits in four innings of work in a no decision against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday.

He may not be an ace at the moment, but Harvey still has a good fastball and a slider which was once the best in baseball. Some teams could find that arsenal attractive.

Cincinnati see it as something they could sell.

"If he plays well, it helps us win and then may create one of those assets that we can figure out how it best helps us going forward," Williams said.

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