Matt Harvey Gets MLB Interest After Tyler Skagg Testimony

Matt Harvey could get another chance in his MLB career.

While his player future remains up in the air after admitting he was doling opioids to late Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, Harvey has been throwing heat – and the league is reportedly in the loop.

“He is [drawing interest from teams]'” MLB insider Jon Heyman said on Thursday’s Big Time Baseball podcast. “As far as I know, he throws well. Someone must have checked because I heard it was of interest. I know his ERAs haven’t been that great in recent years…but we know it’s in there, he’s not old.”

Harvey, 32, posted an Instagram video last week showing him throwing pitches that hit 95mph with the radar gun. That was enough material to have baseball fans flooding the comments with comeback wishes. Some fans also noted in the comments that the catcher appeared to be wearing Mets gear in the video.

After bursting onto the scene with an amazing start to his career with the Mets, Harvey has jumped through the league. The right-hander had stints with five teams in five years with the Mets, Reds, Angels, Royals and Orioles.

Even if a team is willing to sign Harvey, he could face an immediate 60-day suspension for admitting in federal court that he supplied Skaggs with opioids on a number of occasions, MLB said in February.

“Obviously he’s had some issues that we’re aware of and if he turns things around and looks like he’s in good shape, it might be worth getting a flyer on him,” Heyman said. “But I’ve heard there’s interest and I assume he’ll be signed somewhere.”

Matt Harvey with the Orioles in 2021
Matt Harvey with the Orioles in 2021
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Matt Harvey with the Mets in the 2015 World Series
Matt Harvey with the Mets in the 2015 World Series
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Harvey’s admission is considered distribution under MLB’s drug policy, a league official told ESPN on condition of anonymity. The pitcher, who also admitted to using cocaine at the trial, could appeal a suspension.

Harvey and other players testified last month in the federal criminal case against Eric Kay, the former Angels communications director who was accused and later convicted of distributing a controlled substance to Skaggs, which led to his drug-related death in July 2019.

Skaggs, 27, was found dead in his hotel room at the Southlake Town Square Hilton on July 1, 2019. The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s office later determined that Skaggs had a mixture of ethanol, fentanyl, and oxycodone in his system at the time of his death.

Kay now faces between 20 years and life in federal prison. His sentencing was set for June 28. Matt Harvey Gets MLB Interest After Tyler Skagg Testimony


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