By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Starting pitcher turned bullpen reliever Matt Harvey was designated for assignment by the New York Mets on Friday. He reportedly turned down a minor league stint.
The Mets will have seven days to work put a deal with a new team. If they cannot make a deal over the next week, the team would just release him.
The possibility of a trade is slim. If he is traded, his new team would have to pick up the rest of his contract.
Last weekend when the Mets were playing against the San Diego Padres, Harvey was spotted in Los Angeles partying on Thursday night. The next night, he allowed one run in one inning after coming in from the bullpen.
Harvey was suspended four games last season when he went AWOL from the team. This was around the time that his girlfriend broke up with him.
Some people inside baseball, according to reports, believe that Harvey has an alcohol problem.
Since the 2015 World Series against the Kansas City Royals, he is 9-19. This season, though, he went 0-2 with a 7.00 ERA in eight games, including four starts, over 27 innings.
The Dark Knight, as he was known, only had one season, where he had more than 10 wins. During the 2015 season, he went 13-8 with a 2.71 ERA in 29 starts over 189 1/3 innings.
The Mets attempted to hold Harvey to a 180 inning restriction in 2015. However, he went past it — and he has never been the same.
“The way he said it,” Mets manager Terry Collins said, according to the New York Daily News in 2015. “I knew something was eating at him.
“When he came to me last week he said, ‘I want to pitch. I want to stay out there. I want to throw 100 pitches and I want to do it twice (before the end of the season). He said, ‘We’re going to win this thing and I’m going to pitch in the playoffs, and I’ve got to be ready. And I’m not ready.”
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