Mets GM: Decision to DFA Harvey was 'a long time coming'

Mets GM: Decision to DFA Harvey was 'a long time coming'

"Matt has been a cornerstone of my time here". 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. "In the bullpen a pitcher tends to focus on 2 pitches to get back to the rotation".

The Mets now have seven days to trade or release Harvey.

Matt Harvey's tenure with the New York Mets is all but officially over, but some Major League Baseball rumors indicate that he may not be going very far away. They must either trade or release him.

"We have a lot of clay to work with to build the starter sculpture", Boras said.

Alderson said Harvey's tenure faced "a very unfortunate and hard conclusion, not really of his own making".

At the same time, Harvey came under scrutiny for occasional off-the-field distractions and excess partying. This is not someone who hasn't pitched well recently. It's something we tried to address, we struggled with, and we wrestled with over two managerial regimes.

Harvey's Mets finale was in an 11-0 loss to Atlanta on Thursday. But Harvey's comeback will have to take place somewhere other than Citi Field. The move to the bullpen was dramatic in itself. "I think that, at this point, pragmatism, realism far outweighed other considerations".

But Harvey's problems began long before this season.

"We feel like we failed Matt Harvey", manager Mickey Callaway said. "We tried things. It's more of a feeling that, when your players don't succeed, you feel it".

Harvey broke into the Majors in 2012 and quickly became one of the league's top pitchers, earning the nickname the "Dark Knight" and gracing the cover of Sports Illustrated in 2013, when he was an all-star and finished fourth in Cy Young Award voting. They called him up in July 2012, and less than a year later, he started the All-Star Game in NY.

Are 13-1 in their last 14 games since 4/21, their best 14-game stretch since going 13-1 from 6/3-18/12.are 8-3 in series openers in 2018 (5-1at home). But he slumped to a 4-10 record with a 4.86 ERA the following year and had season-ending surgery on July 18, 2016, to correct thoracic outlet syndrome. Last season, he was 5-7 with a career-worst 6.70 ERA, and missed 2 1/2 months with a stress fracture in his scapula.

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