The Trade That Never Was: Matt Harvey For Mookie Betts

The Trade That Never Was: Matt Harvey For Mookie Betts

A player protected, a legacy denied.
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It was the winter of 2013. The Red Sox were fresh off a World Series victory, and the Mets were a rebuilding franchise with their sights set on success in the near future. The Boston rotation needed a bonafide ace, and the Mets lineup needed a contact hitter that could provide a spark at the top of the order.

If there were any two teams that were primed for a swap of offense and pitching, it was New York and Boston, and if there were any two players that were destined for a straight-up trade, they were Matt Harvey and Mookie Betts.

With a stellar lineup already in tow, the Sox were eager to plug up holes in their rotation before the start of the 2014 season, and the Mets had pitching to spare. With prospects like Jacob DeGrom, Steven Matz and Noah Syndergaard in the pipeline, Matt Harvey was merely an established piece in an up-and-coming rotation. But with Harvey coming off a year where he started the All-Star Game and finished 4th in the Cy Young Award voting, it’s easy to see why the Mets wouldn’t want to deal away the ace of their rotation.

But Boston persisted. At the time, Mookie Betts was the top prospect in the Red Sox farm system, and it would have taken a blockbuster deal for the Mets to budge. With key pieces of the Red Sox rotation like Clay Buchholz and Jon Lester nearing the end of their contracts, it was imperative for Boston to secure an ace if they wanted to stay competitive.

And thus, the table was set: Betts for Harvey, no questions asked. But Sandy Alderson and the Mets refused. The New York front office was hell-bent on keeping their “ace."

Harvey would win the Comeback Player of the Year Award in 2015, posting a 2.71 ERA through 189.1 IP, while later bringing the Mets just three outs away from a potential 6th game of the 2015 World Series. And although Harvey showed shades of brilliance in 2015, his 2016 and 2017 seasons were nothing short of nightmares. With an average ERA of 6.19 over the past three years, Harvey was unable to finish any of the aforementioned seasons with the Mets, suffering injuries in 2016 and ‘17, and of course, being designated for assignment earlier this month.

On the flip side, Boston held on to Mookie Betts, and since the trade was proposed, Betts has become one of the strongest players in all of Major League Baseball, as he’s placed in the voting for MVP each year since his debut. As of today, Mookie Betts is a career .300 hitter, with nearly 100 HRs, and over 330 RBIs.

Five years removed from the “trade that never was," Mookie Betts has become a perennial MVP candidate, while Matt Harvey has tarnished his legacy forever.

Cover Image Credit: Mike Kelly

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

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We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

Cover Image Credit: Julia Waterbury

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What Bryce Harper's Insane Contract Means For Other Big Timers In The MLB

Large sums of money cause large sums of conversation throughout the league.

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After finally reaching a deal with the Philadelphia Phillies, which is composed of a humble $330 million, Bryce Harper has stirred up a great amount of chatter throughout the MLB.

After seeing the negotiations pan out between the Philadelphia club and the star outfielder, experts started asking what this agreement will mean for the other big names in baseball. Although Harper was not the only one to receive an insane deal, with Manny Machado signing with the San Diego Padres for $300 million after two consecutive World Series appearances with the Dodgers, his stood out the most.

As soon as Harper declared free-agency, all eyes were on him and where he would end up for the 2019 season. The months of speculations and predictions ended abruptly with a shocking sum of money promised to the outfielder from a Phillies team that had a sub-par season in 2018. Soon after, all eyes were on Mike Trout, the Los Angeles Angels star, who is nearing the end of his time with the Los Angeles club.

Trout had by far the most impressive and successful personal season in all of the MLB in 2018. His power at the plate and speed in the outfield set him apart from nearly everyone in the league. However, the Angels' lack of success held Trout back from being in the spotlight.

As his time comes to an end with the struggling club, Trout is a top prospect for many clubs. There has even been chatter of Harper "recruiting" Trout to Philly for the 2020 season. However, Harper's extreme deal should give hope to Trout. There is no sign of clubs being frugal with their budget on these big-ticket players and that will remain true for the star outfielder.

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