Published: Sat, May 05, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Mets and Matt Harvey Part Ways

Mets and Matt Harvey Part Ways

He will be designated for assignment Saturday morning, taking him off the major league roster after a almost six seasons in a Mets uniform.

Mets manager Mickey Callaway said he and pitching coach Dave Eiland both feel like they are partly to blame for Harvey's situation.

"I could not imagine him accepting an assignment". Harvey was offered the option to go down to the minors, but he declined. We didn't ask Matt to agree or not on the spot. Obviously, there were challenges along the way for him and for us. He will now go through the waivers process, and if he should clear, it would give the Mets the choice to either trade or, more likely, release Harvey. A trade could be complicated because of Harvey's $5.6 million salary. The 29-year-old right-hander was moved from the rotation to the bullpen last month. Shoulder issues brought an early end to his 2016 season and he hasn't been the same pitcher since. Thoracic outlet syndrome affected Harvey's feel for pitching and location, he said, but added that Harvey is healthy and has enough velocity.

Wherever Harvey goes from here, he won't find a much better support system than he had in NY with pitching coach Dave Eiland and manager Mickey Callaway, who had so much success with Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Trevor Bauer and others in his previous tenure with the Cleveland Indians.

Of course, another report of late-night partying didn't help Harvey's cause.

"I try not to let emotion interfere with decision making, but empathy is part of making decisions", Alderson said. "Matt has been a cornerstone certainly of my tenure here". In spite of the issues, I really like Matt. "I don't know of many guys in his shoes who would have accepted it. We're going to miss him, in many ways". Harvey looked like he might never throw a baseball again after a very serious shoulder injury that nearly ended his career. He started for the National League team in the All-Star game that year at Citi Field. In the end, Harvey ignored his doctors and agent, pitched, and helped the Mets reach a World Series, which every fan of the team enjoyed up until the final game of the season.

For his career, Harvey is 34-37 with a 3.66 ERA.

Selected by the Mets with the seventh overall pick in the 2010 draft, Harvey made his big-league debut in July 2012 and became a major sports figure in NY - both at the ballpark and at Manhattan night spots. He relieved Jason Vargas with NY trailing 6-0 in the fifth inning and gave up Ozzie Albies' three-run homer in a five-run seventh. 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. And the results weren't any better, as he had a 10.50 ERA in four appearances.

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