Here we are with the Giants’ first big transaction in some time.
SEATTLE — The Los Angeles Angels gave up on their $11 million investment in Matt Harvey, designating the 30-year-old right-hander for assignment on Friday. He gave up six runs, seven hits and five walks over six innings in a 6-2 loss to the Houston Astros on Thursday night.
He started the 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field but hurt his elbow later that summer and never consistently regained his 98 mph fastball or his command following Tommy John surgery.
Harvey lost his spot in the Mets’ rotation after four starts last year and had a 10.50 ERA in four relief appearances.
When he refused to accept a minor league assignment, the Mets traded him to Cincinnati.
Harvey went 7-7 with a 4.50 ERA in 24 starts for the Reds, became a free agent and signed with the Angels.
He should be able to return within the next week or two.
I went ahead and guessed that the two players the Giants would designate for assignment today would be players who have recently performed poorly at the major-league level (Tyler Austin & Ty Blach).
Whether that should have been enough to keep him on the roster for as long as he was is a different discussion.
Ultimately, I think this was definitely the righty move from a baseball standpoint, but I’m still a little bummed out.