Spring Shorts: Harvey Looking For 20 Wins, Felix Is King, Johan Tipping Pitches
Adam Rubin of ESPN New York tells us that Matt Harvey “appreciates a bright future on the horizon with Zack Wheeler and Travis d’Arnaud among others”, but that he’s not going to let that detract him from the present.
The right-hander is focused on getting off to a good start, “I’m here to play this year,” Harvey said. “I’m here to win this year. I don’t want to look ahead to the next couple of years. I want to win now. And that’s my job.”
“I’d like to add three to that. That’s where my head is always going to be at — 20-plus is what I’m going to strive for every year. Mediocre is not OK for me. It’s never been OK, and it will never be OK. That’s how I play, that’s how I was raised.”
I love the fire Harvey brings to this team as well as the professionalism. He may be starting his first full season in the majors this season, but he carries himself with the savvy of a ten-year veteran. And he’s brimming with confidence. There’s lots to love about this kid.
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I’d be lying if didn’t say my jaw dropped when I saw that Felix Hernandez signed a new extension with the the Seattle Mariners that combined with his current deal will pay him $175 million dollars for seven years. I think the M’s took that King Felix nickname a little bit too serious… wow. Hernandez now becomes the highest-paid pitcher in MLB history, breaking C.C. Sabathia’s seven year, $161 million landmark deal.
Will the Mets be ready to give Harvey and Wheeler that kind of loot when they become arbitration eligible in 2-3 years if they pitch up to expectations? That’s certainly something to think about. In fact when both pitchers get into the $15 million per year range will they be able to afford both of them? Or does the whisper campaign begin again and soon some are begging to trade one for prospects? Nobody knows for sure, but we’ll get a good indication in 2015.
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New Met catcher John Buck, told SNY’s Kevin Burkhardt that he noticed Johan Santana tipping pitches last year and that he’s already helped the Mets. I seem to recall Burkhardt’s partner during Mets broadcasts, Ron Darling, talking about Santana tipping his pitches during his last three starts.
Still no word about Johan Santana and it doesn’t appear he’s in camp yet although he’s not officially due to report until Monday.
About the Author: Joe DeCaro
I'm a lifelong Mets fan who loves writing and talking about the Amazins' 24/7. From the Miracle in 1969 to the magic of 1986, and even the near misses in '73 and '00, I've experienced it all - the highs and the lows. I started Mets Merized Online in 2005 to feed my addiction. Follow me on Twitter @metsmerized.
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