Matt Harvey designated for assignment by Mets after refusing minors stint

06 May, 2018, 03:28 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
  • Mets and Matt Harvey Part Ways

Still, he's only 29 and there will be at least a few teams hoping a change of scenery will allow Harvey to focus on finding the pitching that he used to be. But it was also "a long time coming", per the team's top decisionmaker, as conveyed by Tim Britton of The Athletic (via Twitter).

Added Callaway, who vouched for Harvey and had wanted the Mets to keep him in the offseason to help him improve: "We feel like we failed Matt Harvey".

Cueto was placed on the disabled list this week after going 3-0 with a major league-leading 0.84 ERA in five starts.

"I thought the route that Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee took when they went all the way down to A ball and kind of rebuilt themselves after 60-70 games in the big leagues was probably a more appropriate route to help Matt Harvey the best we could", Callaway explained. "Usually I get upset if a report is unexpected", Alderson said.


After being an All-Star in 2013, the future looked bright for Harvey.

It's stunning, on the one hand, to see the end of Harvey's tenure in NY take place in this manner. With the Mets pushing down the stretch in a breakout campaign for the organization, though, an innings controversy arose that involved two of the game's most famous names (agent Scott Boras and surgeon Dr. James Andrews) that aren't affiliated with an Major League Baseball organization. That led to Tommy John surgery on October 22. "We have a lot of clay to work with to build the starter sculpture". Harvey declined, leaving Alderson only one option to offload the pitcher he owes $5.6 million this season.

"I try not to let emotion interfere with decision making, but empathy is part of making decisions", Alderson said. "We tried things. It's more of a feeling that, when your players don't succeed, you feel it". In the three seasons since, Harvey has limped to a 5.93 ERA with a pedestrian 6.9 K/9 against 3.4 BB/9 over just 212 1/3 frames. He was suspended for three days without pay in May for skipping a game following a late night on the town. 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. "So I guess the short answer is no".

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