The Orioles are reportedly bringing in another former All-Star to their pitching staff, this time in the form of Matt Harvey.
The Dark Knight, as he was known during his days in New York, is one of the great what-ifs of the last decade in baseball. He was one of the top pitching prospects in the sport and took the league by storm during his superb 2013 season.
That year, he had a 2.27 ERA, struck out 191 batters and finished fourth in NL Cy Young voting. He was just 24, coming off his second season, and looked like a future (and current) star. Then came the injuries.
Harvey missed the entire 2014 season after Tommy John surgery, but he managed to bounce back with a strong 2015 en route to winning the pennant and pitching in the World Series. His 2016 was cut short after surgery to treat his thoracic outlet syndrome, as was his 2017 after a stress fracture in his shoulder.
The former All-Star was ineffective coming back from his injuries, and was traded away from the Mets in 2018. Since then he has bounced around, spending one season each in Cincinnati, Los Angeles (Angels) and Kansas City.
Now, he's reportedly agreed to a minor league deal with the O's. It's clear Mike Elias and the front office are willing to take low-risk, high-reward chances on pitching wherever they can find it. This includes not only the 31-year old Harvey, but also their recent acquisition of Felix Hernandez.
If it works out, the Orioles will have a tradeable asset on their hands at the deadline, or perhaps a veteran to stick around to help their developing young staff. If not, it won't have cost the team much money to find out whether or not these arms still have any juice left. This is the exact type of comeback the Orioles should be betting on.