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Matt Harvey Interested in Playing in KBO: Report

Lou DiPietro
June 05, 2020 - 2:35 pm
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Matt Harvey was once lauded as “The Dark Knight,” but it appears be looking to salvage his career by heading halfway around the world from Gotham.

Per Jason Lee of Jays Journal via SBS Sports, Harvey is one of “at least three former MLB All-Stars” to have expressed interest in playing in the Korea Baseball Organization, which was one of the first leagues to get its 2020 season started. 

Joel Sherman of the New York Post confirmed the report, adding that Harvey has been staying in shape and that KBO clubs have contacted Harvey’s agent, Scott Boras, about the move.

Harvey, once drafted seventh overall by the Mets, split 2019 between the Athletics and Angels organizations, going 3-5 with a 7.09 ERA in 12 major-league starts in Anaheim. He became a free agent at the end of last season and worked out for the Toronto Blue Jays in February, but remained unsigned through the early conclusion of this year’s spring training and told The Post he had come to terms with the fact that his career may be over.

“I have thought about it here and there,” Harvey told Dan Martin. “I haven’t not had a job in 10 years. It’s definitely different, but it’s exciting at the same time because I feel so good mechanically.”

Injuries have played a huge role in derailing Harvey’s career; he missed the end of 2013 and all of 2014 after undergoing Tommy John surgery – an operation that famously also caused uproar about his usage in 2015 – and, after losing half of 2016 due to a procedure to relieve symptoms of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Harvey also missed nearly half of 2017 with a stress fracture in his shoulder.

Although there is mutual interest in a Harvey-KBO marriage, league rules limit each squad to three foreign-born players, with only two of those allowed to be pitchers, so it is likely that his employment would come at the expense of someone else’s.

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