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As Cincinnati Reds pitcher Matt Harvey heads into free agency this offseason , he is keeping his options open.Well, most of his options."There's only one team out there I would not sign with," Harvey said Tuesday, per's Mark Sheldon. "That's about it."Harvey, of course, is alluding to the New York Mets.After New York took him with the seventh overall pick in 2010, he quickly became viewed as a future ace. The Dark Knight debuted in 2012, posting a sub-3.00 ERA in each of his first two-plus seasons. In his first full season in 2013, he made the All-Star team and finished fourth in National League Cy Young voting.Harvey also helped the Mets reach the 2015 World Series. That run will always be remembered for the right-hander lobbying his way into staying in Game 5 after throwing eight dominant innings:That decision backfired, as he couldn't close things out in the ninth. The Kansas City Royals went on to win in extra innings to capture their first World Series title since 1985.Neither Harvey nor the Mets have been the same since.Injuries took their toll on Harvey through the years (and the Mets in general), and he has not posted an ERA below 4.86 since 2015. He wasdesignated for assignmentin May before being traded to Cincinnati.He showed glimpses of his old form with the Reds Blake Swihart Jersey , although the overall numbers may not show it: 7-7, 4.50 ERA in 24 starts, 111 strikeouts in 128 innings.As his name came up in trade rumors during the summer, Harveylet it be knownhe wanted to remain in Cincinnati. He said the same recently."[The Reds] brought me here, and they gave me the ball every fifth day," he said. "So it was something I'm very happy about and taking into consideration, and we'll see what happens moving forward."Before Harvey was dealt to Cincinnati, there were questions about his clubhouse presence and off-field behavior. Neither proved to be an issue with the Reds, leaving the pitching-needy organization possibly interested in a reunion."We definitely will stack Matt up against the available options," President of Baseball Operations Dick Williams said Tuesday. "The fact that he's been here and we've seen how he interacts with our coaches and our players will certainly work in his favor."Everybody's been favorably impressed. And we know that pitching is a priority going forward. All our pro scouting staff is in town, and we are currently discussing every free-agent player , starting with pitching. We'll also be talking about trade targets. There's a lot of possibilities."Harvey, 29, was once expected to earn a major payday when he hit free agency. That won't happen now. CLEVELAND (AP) — Blake Snell has put himself in the middle of the race for the AL Cy Young Award.Snell moved into a tie for the major league lead with his 17th win as the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Cleveland Indians 5-3 on Saturday night.Snell (17-5) is tied with New York’s Luis Severino and Cleveland’s Corey Kluber — two other top candidates for the award — for the most wins in the majors. Snell is 5-0 in his last six starts and his 2.02 ERA is second in the AL behind Chris Sale’s 1.97.Snell allowed two runs in 6 2/3 innings, giving up both in the second with one being unearned thanks to a throwing error by third baseman Matt Duffy. The left-hander worked around trouble early but retired nine of the last 10 hitters he faced and struck out the side in the sixth.“We always talk about what his best start is, this and that,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “You can argue that was his best start because he didn’t have anything. He didn’t cruise by any means. He had to work. But that was a pretty telling performance from Blake and how far he’s come.”Snell said his stuff improved as the night progressed.“I started slow, frustrated about that,” Snell said. “But I’m very happy with how I came back, fastball started to jump there towards the end, slider, everything started to work a lot better.”The Indians had nine baserunners in the first four innings , including stealing three bases in the first.“We had some really good at-bats early just to get what we did,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “His stuff is phenomenal. Velocity, breaking ball, changeup. He’s got the whole package.”Tampa Bay scored four times in the sixth off Shane Bieber (8-3). Matt Duffy tied the game with a two-run double. Tommy Pham’s RBI double put the Rays ahead before Kevin Kiermaier added a run-scoring single.Brandon Lowe homered off the foul pole in right field to in the ninth.Jason Kipnis, whose playing time will decrease after the Indians acquired third baseman Josh Donaldson from Toronto on Friday, started the ninth with a pinch-hit home run off Chaz Roe.Roe retired the next two hitters and Adam Kolarek got pinch-hitter Yonder Alonso for his second save. The Rays have won 10 of 12.Duffy’s two-base error on Brandon Guyer’s ground ball started Cleveland’s rally in the second. Melky Cabrera and Yan Gomes drove in runs with back-to-back doubles. Snell retired the next two hitters before Michael Brantley singled to center. Gomes was waved home, but was an easy out at the plate on Kiermaier’s throw.“It was big,” Cash said. “Not that we can’t come back from three runs, but there’s a big difference between three and two runs.”Cleveland’s lead quickly disappeared in the sixth. Lowe singled and took third on Joey Wendle’s double. Duffy’s double down the right field line tied the game. Pham’s one-out double to left-center gave Tampa Bay the lead and finished Bieber.Kiermaier’s single off Tyler Olson scored Pham, with the run charged to Bieber. The rookie right-hander allowed four runs in 5 1/3 innings.TRADE FALLOUTDonaldson arrived at the ballpark shortly before game time after having flight issues that delayed him. The 2015 AL MVP was given a loud ovation and waved to the crowd when he was shown from the dugout on the scoreboard in the seventh inning.Donaldson has been sidelined for three months by a strained calf and it’s not clear when he’ll make his Indians debut. Donaldson will play third base with All-Star Jose Ramirez moving to second.Francona said Kipnis will be affected more than any player on Cleveland’s roster by Donaldson’s addition.“Nobody will ever root against him, I can promise you that Jason Heyward Jersey ,” Francona said. “Getting Donaldson is good for us, and I don’t know where Kip ends up, but I guarantee every time he hits I’ll be pulling for him like I always do. He can help us. We don’t think otherwise.”TAKING A SHOTIndians left-hander Oliver Perez remained in the game after being hit on his pitching hand by Lowe’s comebacker in the sixth. Perez threw a couple of warmup pitches and joked with his teammates before play continued.TRAINER’S ROOMRays: Kiermaier was removed the game in the seventh inning after his back tightened up when he threw Gomes out at the plate. He expects to play in Sunday’s series finale.Indians: Francona said additional tests on the stress fracture in Trevor Bauer’s right leg showed minimal improvement, a diagnosis the team was expecting. Bauer was hit by a line drive on Aug. 11. The team is still hopeful he’ll return before the regular season ends.UP NEXTIndians RHP Carlos Carrasco (16-7, 3.38 ERA), who is 8-2 in his last 11 starts, will start the series finale on Sunday. RHP Diego Castillo (3-2, 3.73) will start for the Rays.
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