Matt Harvey and the Mets have agreed to a one-year, $5.125 million contract to avoid arbitration, reports James Wagner of the New York Times. The deal will reportedly include $100,000 in possible performance bonuses. He settled for slightly lower than the $5.325 salary projected by Pace Law School.
Harvey, 27, had a disappointing season with the Mets this year, two years removed from Tommy John Surgery. He went from one of the best starting pitchers in the league to one of the worst, finishing the season with a 4.86 ERA over 92.2 innings. He showed only occasional flashes of brilliance, struggling with command of his pitches all year. His walk, strikeout, and hit rates all worsened.
In July, Harvey underwent season-ending surgery to treat thoracic outlet syndrome, which compresses nerves in the shoulder and neck. So far, the prognosis is good for Harvey, who is on track to return to full health in time for spring training.
In three previous seasons with the Mets, Harvey owned a 2.53 ERA, striking out 449 batters and walking 94 over 427 major league innings.