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New York Mets part ways with pitcher Harvey

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.

"Usually I get upset if a report is unexpected", Alderson said this week. ". But he didn't really express any rationale".

"The end of an era", general manager Sandy Alderson said.

"We feel Matt is a starter that needs to work on four pitches, " Boras said. "We wanted to give him time to think about it, to talk to his agent, and he has taken that time and has decided against the assignment".

Despite Harvey's reputation as a partyer, Alderson said he would miss Harvey.

After Harvey is designated, the Mets will have seven days to trade or release him. Because of Harvey's $5,625,000 salary, a trade might be hard to make unless the Mets agree to send cash as part of a deal. Since losing his rotation spot, he has a 10.50 ERA in four relief appearances.

But Harvey's problems began long before this season. Kansas City rallied, the Mets' season ended, and Harvey added thoracic outlet syndrome surgery to his list of medical maladies the following season.

He was 6-13 with a 6.70 ERA last season, when he was sidelined from mid-June until September because of a stress injury to the scapula bone in his right shoulder.

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.

Harvey came up as a 23-year-old in 2012 and showed flashes of brilliance.

"I try not to let emotion interfere with decision making, but empathy is part of making decisions", Alderson said. "Matt has been a cornerstone of my time here". "I like Matt, in spite of all the stuff that's gone on". 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. "I'm gonna miss him, in many ways". When Harvey first arrived in the big leagues the Mets and their fans could tolerate the parties late into the night at 1Oak with Henrik Lundqvist, the gallivanting about with supermodels, the Dark Knight persona, the arrogance, the late arrivals to team meetings to an extent. 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 was the seventh overall draft pick in 2010, became an All-Star in 2013 and was the NL Comeback Player of the Year in 2015.

Harvey was named the starting pitcher for the 2013 MLB All-Star Game at Citi Field, getting the nod over Clayton Kershaw. He finishes his time here with just 34 wins, a 3.66 ERA and 612 strikeouts during 639 innings. We feel like we failed Matt Harvey.

New Mets manager Mickey Callaway, a former pitching coach, hoped he could resurrect Harvey's career. His career started with such excitement, but he will be remembered in NY as the shell of a pitcher who was booed off the mound after allowing three walks and five runs in mopup duty.


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