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Matt Harvey Considering Playing in Korea

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Matt Harvey Considering Playing in Korea
Jul 18, 2019; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) pitches against the Houston Astros in the third inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. (Photo Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports)

Former All-Star starting pitcher Matt Harvey is attempting to make a comeback in Korea.

Harvey’s representatives confirmed that they’ve reached out to organizations in Korea, but haven’t heard anything back yet.

Harvey remains a free agent heading into the 2020 season. At the moment, there does not appear to be a fit for Harvey in the South Korean league. Harvey mentioned that this is the first time he has been without a job in 10 years.

Will Harvey Pitch in the Majors Again?

The Southern Korean league is one of the few professional leagues that has resumed play. They are allowed a maximum of three foreign players on their roster and only two of them can be pitchers. It seems highly unlikely that any Korean organization would use a foreign roster spot on Harvey after how he’s performed lately.

The 31-year-old pitcher is without an organization and it doesn’t sound like he is close to getting a deal. Harvey had a workout with the Toronto Blue Jays in February, but he didn’t receive a contract offer. Harvey mentioned that he has been throwing regularly to stay in shape for the baseball season.

The MLB and Player’s Association have not come to an agreement on terms for the 2020 season yet. However, it’ll likely be a shorter season without any minor league games, assuming they come to an agreement. That being said, Harvey’s chances of landing a deal with an MLB team are slim.

Harvey quickly became one of the best starting pitchers in the league through his first three seasons in the league. He underwent Tommy John surgery in 2014, but bounced back the following season. However, he was forced to undergo surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome and has never been the same.

Last season, Harvey went 3-5 with a 7.09 ERA through 12 starts with the Los Angels Angels. He finished the year in the minor leagues with the Oakland Athletics. Harvey says that he hopes to land another job in the MLB, but has considered the possibility that his career is over. It remains to be seen if Harvey will get another chance in the league. Maybe he can re-invent himself as a reliever, but we’ll have to wait and see.

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