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

Jo Caldwell
May 6, 2018

"We've tried to find some other solution over a fairly long period of time", said Alderson, who was hired by the Mets in October 2010. He pitched a one-hit shutout in that start and went 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA and a career-high 191 strikeouts that season. Harvey declined, leaving Alderson only one option to offload the pitcher he owes $5.6 million this season.

New Mets manager Mickey Callaway, a former pitching coach, hoped he could resurrect Harvey's career.

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Of course, another report of late-night partying didn't help Harvey's cause. In spite of the issues, I really like Matt.

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After being an All-Star in 2013, the future looked bright for Harvey. "We're going to miss him".

Harvey's velocity peaked at 96 miles per hour in 2015, and he logged a 2-0 record with a 3.04 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 26 2/3 postseason innings when the Mets advanced all the way to the World Series. The Mets recently moved Harvey to the bullpen, but he struggled with the transition and allowed five runs in an 11-0 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Thursday at Citi Field. 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. In 65 starts between 2012 and 2015, on both sides of a 2014 season lost to Tommy John surgery, he worked to a 2.53 ERA in 427 innings. 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. 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. But after Harvey underwent a second surgery to address thoracic outlet syndrome - a procedure that few players fully recover from - his pitching was never the same. He was demoted to the bullpen and had a 10.50 ERA in four relief appearances.

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