Thank you and good luck, Matt Harvey

Thank you and good luck, Matt Harvey

Thank you and good luck, Matt Harvey

The New York Mets have a week to either trade or release Matt Harvey after the right-hander refused a minor league assignment, and at least one of his teammates says he would have done the exact same thing.

"I think we've tried to find some other solution over a fairly long period of time, " Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said, according to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick.

"I thought the route that Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee took when they went all the way down to A ball and kind of rebuilt themselves after 60-70 games in the big leagues was probably a more appropriate route to help Matt Harvey the best we could", Callaway explained. "Our job is to help every player in there, and it's not a good feeling when you can't". They called him up in July 2012, and less than a year later, he started the All-Star Game in NY.

Harvey was relegated to the bullpen this year after struggling as a starter, and the Mets this week asked him to go to the minors to try to work out his problems. I see him ending up with the Angels, actually. It was a proud and riveting moment that I refuse to let vanish just because he couldn't get his career on track following multiple surgeries and an awkward relationship with his team.

"Usually I get upset if a report is unexpected", Alderson said. And, as I said before, he's a vulnerable human being. "We're going to miss him, in many ways". "He was appreciated for what he brought to the New York Mets". 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 has lost most of his velocity and struggles with placement, especially on his slider, and with the Mets, he seemed unwilling to take on any role outside of starting. In the three seasons since he choked away said World Series game, Harvey has gone 9-19 with zero complete games and a 5.93 ERA through 212 innings.

The fact is, Harvey didn't have any swelling or vein damage from the TOS, and no MRI up through 2015 showed a genetic rib issue.

Despite Harvey's reputation as a partyer, Alderson said he would miss Harvey. He finishes his time here with just 34 wins, a 3.66 ERA and 612 strikeouts during 639 innings. If Harvey is going to remake himself in this free-agent walk year, he would rather do it with a clean slate, rather than in a exhausted environment where all the parties are laden with too much historical baggage.

Opposing batters are hitting.303 against him this season. This is not someone who hasn't pitched well recently.

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