New York Mets right to cut ties with Matt Harvey

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"Obviously there were challenges along the way for him and for us, but those challenges were always worth meeting ... in spite of some issues ... he was always appreciated for what he brought to the New York Mets".

Matt Harvey #33 of the New York Mets looks on after giving up a 3-run home run to Ozzie Albies #1 of the Atlanta Braves in the seventh inning at Citi Field on May 3, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. And the results weren't any better, as he had a 10.50 ERA in four appearances.

Harvey voiced to the Mets that he wasn't interested in going to the minor leagues and finding himself like other great pitchers have done in the past. "And I used that term in broad senses. And it's a very unfortunate, hard conclusion". The Mets, who have earned the reputation of being a mismanaged organization, made the correct decision to cut ties with Harvey. "In the bullpen, a pitcher tends to focus on two pitches to get back to the rotation".

Harvey, who will become a free agent if the Mets can not trade him in the next seven days, posted a 10.50 ERA in four appearances in his new bullpen role. A trade could be complicated because of Harvey's $5.6 million salary. If Harvey is released, a team signing him would owe just a prorated share of the $545,000 minimum.

"We're very pleased Matt is healthy and with more-than-needed Major League Baseball velo".

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"We feel Matt is a starter that needs to work on four pitches, " Boras said.

He has an 0-2 record this season with an ERA of 7.00 in eight games (four starts).

"As I was walking in here, I said to [media relations director] Jay Horwitz, 'It's the end of an era, ' " Alderson said. "This was a long time coming". "This is not someone who [just] hasn't pitched well recently". It's something we tried to address, we struggled with, and we wrestled with over two managerial regimes. The Mets moved Harvey to the bullpen in late April, a move he resisted. Harvey looked like he might never throw a baseball again after a very serious shoulder injury that nearly ended his career.

"The move to the bullpen was dramatic in itself", Alderson said. "I think that, at this point, pragmatism, realism far outweighed other considerations".

Harvey would have been eligible for free agency after this season.

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