Perhaps nobody in the organization's 57 seasons has embodied the full Kübler-Ross model of what it means to be a Met - to promise, to fulfill, to frustrate and, ultimately, to disappoint - quite like Harvey. He slumped to 4-10 the following season before having season-ending surgery to fix thoracic outlet syndrome and went just 5-7 with a 6.70 ERA last season.
"The move to the bullpen was dramatic in itself", Alderson said. I think at this point, pragmatism and realism far outweighed other considerations.
"Very pleased he is healthy and with more than needed Major League Baseball (velocity)", Boras wrote. Harvey's struggles were reflected in a 0-2 record, a 7.00 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP in eight appearances as a starter and reliever. "We have a lot of clay to work with to build the starter sculpture".
The Yankees likely won't touch Harvey at his current price, especially as they remain determined to stay under the luxury tax threshold of $197 million and don't have a ton of cash to spend the rest of the season. But because he had been in the major leagues five years, Harvey was allowed to decline given league rules.
As it was going down, I speculated that the Braves may have just ended Matt Harvey's tenure with the Mets. Harvey was out in Manhattan the night before. Here's a look at the Dark Knight's biggest highs and lows. That led to Tommy John surgery on October 22.
"This was a long time coming", Alderson told reporters.
The New York Post reported this week that Harvey was out partying in Los Angeles the night before pitching in San Diego last weekend. He went 13-8 with a 2.71 ERA and 188 strikeouts in 189.1 innings, earning Comeback Player of the Year as one of the key members of a Mets team that reached the World Series. "So I guess the short answer is no". Midway through the 2016 season he underwent surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome, which is often a death sentence for a pitcher's shoulder.
Last season, Harvey was suspended for three games after he did not show up for a game at Citi Field.