Mets to part ways with struggling Harvey

Mets' general manager Sandy Alderson was quoted in the article saying that there are "people out there who are willing to take a shot on Matt Harvey".

Harvey joined the Mets with plenty of fanfare, and delivered, pitching to a sparkling 2.53 ERA from 2012-2015, while sitting out all of 2014 recovering from Tommy John surgery. He was solid after returning to 2015, but has seen his numbers sharply decline over each of the last two seasons-posting ERA's of 4.86 and 6.70 in 2016 and 2017, respectively. When Harvey arrived in NY in 2012, he embodied the dreams and aspirations of a Mets' fan base that put its faith in the power of young starting pitching.

On Friday, the Mets designated the struggling pitcher for assignment after he refused to go to the minors for a stint, effectively ending his career with the team after five up-and-down seasons. The Mets will have seven days either to make a trade or release Harvey outright. They called him up in July 2012, and less than a year later, he started the All-Star Game in NY. 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. He proceeded to show why he was such a highly touted player, pitching to a 2.73 ERA with 70 strikeouts in 10 starts. Harvey is on a short list with Chris Carpenter, Shaun Marcum and Jaime Garcia among pitchers who've had an elbow reconstruction and thoracic outlet syndrome over the past decade. Even a move to the bullpen earlier in the year didn't reveal much promise.

New York Mets relief pitcher Matt Harvey watches during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres in San Diego. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Friday
Mets' Matt Harvey Designated For Assignment After Refusing Minor League Stint

The Mets drafted Harvey seventh overall in 2010, and he became an instant sensation after his Major League Baseball debut in 2012. "So I think that at this point, pragmatism, realism far outweighed other considerations". As a player with five years of major league service, he can not be assigned to the minor leagues without his consent. "I think our job is to help every player, and it's not a good feeling when you can't". Harvey was a shell of the pitcher and person we knew before his most recent operation.

"I try not to let emotion interfere with decision making, but empathy is part of making decisions", Alderson said.

Harvey's velocity peaked at 96 miles per hour in 2015, and he logged a 2-0 record with a 3.04 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 26 2/3 postseason innings when the Mets advanced all the way to the World Series.


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