Good Night, Dark Knight: Matt Harvey Being Designated For Assignment

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The New York Yankees have emerged as a potential landing spot for Harvey after the Mets moved to cut ties with him, with a number of Major League Baseball beat writers suggesting that the Bronx Bombers may be interested in taking a flyer on Harvey.

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

After Harvey is designated, the Mets will have seven days to trade or release him.

It was telling Friday when Alderson said that Harvey leaves himself open to people that he knows and "semi-trusts". He now holds a 0-2 record with a 7.00 ERA, only striking out 20 batters in 27 innings. "So I mean this is something we've tried to address, we've struggled with, we've wrestled with over two managerial regimes".


Matt Harvey's six-year career with the Mets was filled both with great and not-so-great moments.

After showing promise in spring training, Eiland said Harvey's arm got stiffer and "his stuff went backward" as the season progressed.

Alderson said the move marks "the end of an era". "In the bullpen a pitcher tends to focus on 2 pitches to get back to the rotation".

"We have a lot of clay to work with to build the starter sculpture", Boras said. 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. But Harvey's comeback will have to take place somewhere other than Citi Field. I think at this point, pragmatism and realism far outweighed other considerations. "Our job is to help every player in there, and it's not a good feeling when you can't".


Harvey started four games in 2018 before being sent to the bullpen. This brings to an end one of the most compelling, and complex, chapters in franchise history, with Harvey transforming from savior to malcontent as he lost the zip on his once-dominating fastball. The last one came in the 2015 World Series, when Harvey talked manager Terry Collins into letting him finish off a potential shutout against the Royals in Game 5.

Harvey is 34-37 with a 3.66 ERA in 109 career appearances (104 starts) since joining the Mets in 2012. He started for the National League team in the All-Star game that year at Citi Field. 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.

"I think there are a lot of issues that come with him and his experience in NY, that perhaps a change of scenery will help", Alderson concluded. "So I guess the short answer is no".


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