Matt Harvey Designated for Assignment by New York Mets

Thank you and good luck, Matt Harvey

Thank you and good luck, Matt Harvey

General manager Sandy Alderson announced Friday that Harvey is being designated for assignment after the right-hander rejected a demotion to the minor leagues, ending the once-promising pitcher's tenure with the Mets.

It's been a whirlwind of emotions for Matt Harvey over the last few years.

Alderson said Harvey's tenure faced "a very unfortunate and hard conclusion, not really of his own making".

Harvey returned in 2015, posting a 13-8 record with a 2.71 ERA and 188 strikeouts in 189 innings as the Mets won the National League pennant. Could the Dark Knight stay in Gotham and simply change his pinstripes?

A team could claim Harvey and the rest of his $5.6-million salary for 2018 off waivers or trade for him, but both scenarios seem highly unlikely.

"We feel Matt is a starter (and) needs to work on 4 pitches", his agent, Scott Boras said in a text message. "He was appreciated for what he brought to the New York Mets".

Per ESPN, the front office will now have a week to trade or hand him his outright release.

In eight appearances this season, Harvey is 0-2 with a 7.00 ERA.

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Trying to resuscitate Harvey's career, the Mets moved Harvey from the starting rotation to the bullpen almost two weeks ago.

"Very pleased he is healthy and with more than needed Major League Baseball (velocity)", Boras wrote.

After showing promise in spring training, Eiland said Harvey's arm got stiffer and "his stuff went backward" as the season progressed.

Selected by the Mets with the seventh overall pick in the 2010 amateur draft, Harvey made his big league debut in July 2012 and became a major sports figure in NY - both at the ballpark and at Manhattan night spots.

"We have a lot of clay to work with to build the starter sculpture", Boras said.

Harvey gave up five runs in two innings in his fourth relief appearance of the season Thursday against the Braves.

"We feel like we failed Matt Harvey", manager Mickey Callaway said. "It's our job to help every player in here". But he slumped the following year and had surgery to correct Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. That in itself wasn't a problem, though he was suspended after not showing up for a game in 2017 amid tabloid reports that he had been out partying the night before. "I guess the short answer is no".

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