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Braves not among teams pursuing Matt Harvey (Updated)

Could Harvey return to NL East?

MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at Cincinnati Reds David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Update - Multiple reports now suggest that the Braves are not in on Harvey after all. It never felt like anything more than a fall back option in the first place if they don’t get Archer.

Just over three hours remaining until the MLB Trade Deadline and it is becoming clear that the Atlanta Braves are focused on adding to their starting rotation. They are already to be one of the teams pushing hardest for Tampa Bay righ-hander Chris Archer but may have also kicked the tires on Cincinnati reclamation project Matt Harvey.

USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reports that the Braves and the Brewers have expressed the strongest interest in Harvey.

In a lot of ways this feels like a fall back option. Atlanta has been chasing a starter that is under team control while Harvey will be a free agent at season’s end. If they fall completely out of the Archer race then this could be a possibility as the asking price wouldn’t be anywhere close to that of Archer.

After posting a 5.68 ERA in New York, Harvey has a 4.67 mark in 14 starts with the Reds.

Will file this one away as an unappealing option but we will see what happens.

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