The Braves have mixed up their roster as spring training gains momentum, picking up Joe Harvey from the Colorado Rockies:
Braves Sign Joe Harvey To Minors Contract https://t.co/YVs2mFIonH pic.twitter.com/nlZqCJR6HR
— MLB Trade Rumors (@mlbtraderumors) February 27, 2023
Here’s what MLB Trade Rumors had to say about Harvey, who will start in Gwinnett for Atlanta:
The 31-year-old Harvey has amassed a 3.32 ERA and a 29.75% strikeout rate over 105 2/3 Triple-A innings (all in relief) during his career, spending time with the top affiliates of the Yankees, Rockies, and Twins since the start of the 2018 season. Those missed bats came at a price, however, as Harvey has battled his control and also had to deal with some injury concerns. Harvey’s 2020 and 2021 seasons were both cut short by forearm strains, and he didn’t pitch at all in 2022.
Harvey’s MLB resume consists of 21 1/3 total innings, 18 of which came with the Yankees and Rockies in 2019. He’ll look for a path back to the big leagues (or perhaps just some healthy innings whatsoever), with a Braves team that has had some luck with veteran reclamation projects in recent years.
Bullpen is one of the areas where the Braves don’t need a ton of help, but with how volatile relief pitching can be, it’s wise to bring in as many guys as possible. Injuries are also always a concern. You can never have enough bullpen depth, so hopefully, the Braves can find something with Harvey in case disaster strikes.
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