"I think we've tried to find some other solution over a fairly long period of time, " Alderson said.
Looks like I was right, because the Mets just designated Harvey for assignment.
"I think that he had previously, in the abstract, indicated that he would not accept", he said. We didn't ask Matt to agree or not on the spot.
"We thought from our evaluation in spring training that we could get him to where he wanted him to be and we didn't".
This brings to an end one of the most compelling, and complex, chapters in franchise history, with Harvey transforming from savior to malcontent as he lost the zip on his once-dominating fastball.
At the moment, it is jarring for its tense - for the fact that Harvey will not take the field again in blue and orange, that at some point in the next seven days he will be elsewhere, that he is now a relic of New York's past. A trade could be complicated because of Harvey's $5.6 million salary.
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Harvey is 0-2 with a 7.00 ERA in eight appearances (four starts) this season. It seemed like it was yesterday when he was seen as an intricate part of the Mets' three-headed monster of Degrom, Syndergaard, and Harvey.
Off the field, Harvey has been partying it up. They called him up in July 2012, and less than a year later, he started the All-Star Game in NY.
Despite Harvey's reputation as a partyer, Alderson said he would miss Harvey. "I really believe he can". There's no telling how much of what befell Harvey was outside of his control, however, and it's certainly possible that the thoracic outlet operation is what did him in more so than any amount of late nights.
Harvey was the Mets' top prospect when he was promoted to the big leagues in July 2012.
While the Major League Baseball rumors surrounding Matt Harvey are growing already, there is no indication that the New York Yankees are interested, or any other team for that matter. After a fantastic debut for the team, Harvey underwent Tommy John surgery and returned stronger than ever in 2015, leading the team to a World Series. He was voted National League Comeback Player of the Year. Unless there is a hidden injury that is holding Harvey back, his career appears cooked. The Mets, who have earned the reputation of being a mismanaged organization, made the correct decision to cut ties with Harvey.
Harvey was demoted to the bullpen last month after three straight poor starts. He proceeded to show why he was such a highly touted player, pitching to a 2.73 ERA with 70 strikeouts in 10 starts.