We have reached the inflection point of the Matt Harvey / Cincinnati Reds saga. MLBTraderumors is reporting that the Milwaukee Brewers claimed him on revocable waivers. The Reds and Brewers now have until 1:30 this afternoon to make a deal or he will be retained by the Reds for the remainder of the season.
It is a shock to none that the Brewers are the team making the claim. Back at the non-waiver trade deadline, they were the team reported to be most active in their pursuit of Harvey. They couldn’t consummate a deal then, so here we are now.
There are a few ways this thing could play out over the next few hours. Both teams have all the incentive in the world to make something happen. This is the last chance the Reds have at getting anything at all out of their little experiment with Harvey. Recall that he first came to Cincinnati back in May in exchange for Devin Mesoraco. Mesoraco was more-or-less dead money, as was Harvey, for that matter. So the idea was that maybe they could work with Harvey and get his trade value back up to a point where they could get a little something out of it.
And, well, it kinda worked. But just kinda. Harvey has been just about close to okay, despite what some mouth-breathing Reds fans might say. But at the very least, the Brewers believe he can be of some assistance to their pennant-chasing efforts for the next month or so. And they really, really need that assistance. Their starting rotation is Jhoulys Chacin and the backline of the 1976 Philadelphia Flyers. Which is to say, they need some guys who throw some baseball pitches. And Matt Harvey meets the state-minimum requirements to do so.
So the Brewers need a pitcher and the Reds would really, really like to get something - anything - from this little gamble they made. My guess is that they work something out for a player to be named later and/or cash.