Yesterday the Braves lit up Matt Harvey for five runs in two innings and he left the game to a cascade of boos.
It's natural to assume the Mets felt a surge of relief upon cutting their ties with Harvey.
Matt Harvey's career with the New York Mets is ending, and it seems the organization sensed things needed to change long before Friday's decision to designate him for assignment. The Mets now have seven days to either trade Harvey or release him and allow him to find a new team as a free agent. Because of Harvey's $5,625,000 salary, a trade may be hard to work out unless the Mets agree to send cash as part of a deal.
Harvey posted an ERA of 7.00 over 27 innings pitched this season, with a record of 0-2 in four starts. He proceeded to show why he was such a highly touted player, pitching to a 2.73 ERA with 70 strikeouts in 10 starts. He sat out 2014 after undergoing Tommy John surgery but recovered by posting a 2.71 ERA in 2015 helping lead the Mets to the World Series in 2015. He slumped to 4-10 the following season before having season-ending surgery to fix thoracic outlet syndrome and went just 5-7 with a 6.70 ERA last season.
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"We're very pleased Matt is healthy and with more-than-needed Major League Baseball velo". "We have a lot of clay to work with to build the starter sculpture". He is getting too old to be considered a prospect, so this would be the ideal time to give him a longer look in the big league rotation. The Mets demoted Harvey to the bullpen a couple weeks ago, much to his dismay. This is not someone who hasn't pitched well recently. The move to the bullpen was dramatic in itself. Everything since then has been bad news for Harvey. "We feel our job is to help every player in there and it's not a good feeling when you don't".
Of course, another report of late-night partying didn't help Harvey's cause.
"I really like Matt", Alderson said during a press conference Friday. Over the last two seasons, he's put forth a 6.77 ERA and struck out just over a batter per walk issued.
According to Yahoo's Jeff Passan, the Mets are telling teams that they are willing to eat a significant amount of the salary Harvey is owed this year. "So I guess the short answer is no".