Matt Harvey garnering ‘mild trade interest’ from Rangers

Matt Harvey appears closer to finding a new home.

The Texas Rangers have shown "mild trade interest" in Harvey, according to MLB Network. Harvey was designated for assignment by the Mets last week after he refused a demotion to the minor leagues.

Harvey has a connection in Texas with Dan Warthen, the former Mets pitching coach who joined the Rangers as an assistant pitching coach before this season.

The Mets had brief trade talks with the Rangers at the winter meetings regarding Harvey, but those never materialized. While interviewing with other teams this offseason, Warthen tried to encourage front offices to trade for Harvey, who was moved to the bullpen after a miserable start to 2018 as a starter.

Warthen coached Harvey from 2012-17 and aided in some of the righthander's best major-league seasons.

Harvey went 0-2 with a 7.00 ERA in eight appearances, four of them starts, with the Mets this season before the unceremonious divorce.

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