Published: Sun, May 06, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Mets To Designate Matt Harvey For Assignment

Mets To Designate Matt Harvey For Assignment

The New York Mets said nighty-night to the Dark Knight.

Matt Harvey, once regarded as a premier pitcher who could have joined Tom Seaver and Dwight Gooden among the New York Mets' greats, refused a minor league assignment and will be designated for assignment Saturday.

Watch Yankees beat reporter Brendan Kuty explain why general manager Brian Cashman shouldn't sign Mets flameout Matt Harvey. "Usually I get upset if a report is unexpected", Alderson said. It's something we tried to address, we struggled with, and we wrestled with over two managerial regimes. We didn't ask Matt to agree or not on the spot. Obviously, there were challenges along the way for him and for us.

It will be up to the Yankees whether they want to take a chance that a change of scenery across town will help Harvey. The club will have seven days to work out a swap - perhaps involving an underperforming player from another organization - or otherwise put Harvey on waivers. A trade could be complicated because of Harvey's $5.6 million salary.

The 29-year-old had a rough start to the 2018 campaign, going 0-2 with a 7.00 ERA as a starter. Shoulder issues brought an early end to his 2016 season and he hasn't been the same pitcher since. The move to the bullpen was dramatic in itself. I just wish him the best, I really do. He's a human being, and as I said before, he's a vulnerable, open human being and kind of leaves himself open for those of us who know and he semi-trusts at least. After a fantastic debut for the team, Harvey underwent Tommy John surgery and returned stronger than ever in 2015, leading the team to a World Series. After a poor performance out of the bullpen against the San Diego Padres last week, Harvey admitted that he had a hard time mentally preparing to come in out of the pen. He exited the outing to boos from the NY crowd. Harvey had allowed five earned runs in just two innings of relief, complete with a bunch of walks and hard-hit balls. Harvey hasn't been the same since the latter surgery and was demoted to the bullpen last month.

"We feel like we failed Matt Harvey", Callaway said, referring to himself and pitching coach Dave Eiland.

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