Published: Sun, May 06, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Mets To Designate Matt Harvey For Assignment

Mets To Designate Matt Harvey For Assignment

This was less than three full years ago, and Harvey was still one of the best pitchers in baseball.

The one-time ace and former All-Star will be designated for assignment after refusing to be sent to the minors, GM Sandy Alderson announced on Friday afternoon. NY has seven days to trade or release Harvey.

The starter-turned-reliever made headlines when he voiced his displeasure with being moved to the pen.

Harvey struggled to an 0-2 record with a 7.00 ERA across eight appearances, including four starts this season.

Watch Yankees beat reporter Brendan Kuty explain why general manager Brian Cashman shouldn't sign Mets flameout Matt Harvey.

He's still young and despite undergoing two Tommy John surgeries, there may be a team out there in need of some starting pitching help.

"I try not to let emotion interfere with decision making, but empathy is part of making decisions", Alderson said.

"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.

The Yankees earned their second "walk-off" win of the season.their first came in their previous home game, when Gary Sanchez hit a three-run HR in the ninth on 4/26 vs. Minnesota.extended their winning streak to four games.have taken the lead in their last at-bat in three of their last 4G. "So I think that at this point, pragmatism, realism far outweighed other considerations".

It's stunning, on the one hand, to see the end of Harvey's tenure in NY take place in this manner.

Harvey would have been eligible for free agency after this season. "We tried things. It's more of a feeling that, when your players don't succeed, you feel it". But because he had been in the major leagues five years, Harvey was allowed to decline given league rules. 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. His most recent innings have been especially bad, and from the bullpen - a benchmark moment on Harvey's sad timeline.

Asked earlier this week about reports that Harvey had been partying in Los Angeles the night before a start in San Diego, Alderson simply remarked that he wasn't surprised in the slightest.

"I could not imagine him accepting an assignment", Bruce said. "So I guess the short answer is no".

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