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


After Harvey is designated, the Mets have seven days to trade him or release him. He took two no-hitters into the seventh inning (April 13, June 18) and was ideal through 6 2/3 innings against the White Sox while pitching with a nosebleed.

Speaking of 2015, the gossip among people in the industry is that Harvey's Thoracic Outlet Syndrome likely developed from overuse that season. And he sounded conflicted when he referred to Harvey as "an appealing, likable and vulnerable individual, " and insisted that a part of him is going to miss having Harvey around the team each day.

"In spite of issues all of us have from time to time, he was appreciated for what he brought to the New York Mets", Alderson said. The Mets, who have earned the reputation of being a mismanaged organization, made the correct decision to cut ties with Harvey.

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Harvey would have been eligible for free agency after this season. He is getting too old to be considered a prospect, so this would be the ideal time to give him a longer look in the big league rotation.

Harvey is 34-37 with a 3.66 ERA in 109 career appearances (104 starts) since joining the Mets in 2012. 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. Everything since then has been bad news for Harvey. "It's our job to help every player in here". Harvey found himself in the headlines once again last week, when it was reported that Harvey was partying in Los Angeles before a game in San Diego. It's hard to think of many players who experienced these kinds of highs and lows within such a limited time. He pitched to a 6.70 ERA in 2017, missing a long chunk of the season with injury. He drew a three-game suspension last season after he failed to show up for a game. Think back to the surge of electricity when Harvey struck out 11 batters in 5 1/3 innings in his major league debut, or when he walked into the room as the National League's starting pitcher in the 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field.

According to Yahoo's Jeff Passan, the Mets are telling teams that they are willing to eat a significant amount of the salary Harvey is owed this year.