The Mets cut ties with former ace Matt Harvey on Friday, ending a roller coaster ride of a tenure with the team.
New York wanted to send Harvey down to the minors to figure things out, but the artist formerly known as the Dark Knight thinks he has some more Batman left in the tank and would rather take his talents elsewhere.
His agent, Scott Boras, talked to Joel Sherman of the New York Post in a phone interview following the news of Harvey’s designation.
“They wanted him to pitch in the minors,” Boras told Sherman. “We agreed that was not the best situation to work again on a major league level as a starter.”
New York had moved Harvey to the bullpen after he struggled mightily in the rotation to begin the season. His velocity would often flame out after his second or third innings, while his pitches would lie flat.
A change of scenery might be best for Harvey. Somewhere out of the spotlight where he can try and work his way back towards the pitcher he believes he still can be.
“Going into a new organization you can map out an approach,” Boras said. “Once you are sent to the minors by the Mets, they have total control of how long you are there. There is no forecast. It is ‘We will see how you do.’ ”
Boras added that Harvey is feeling good and thinks a turnaround is in the cards.
“Matt has good stuff and is healthy, which is good,” he said. “These TOS [thoracic outlet syndrome surgeries] takes time to get your command back. And the bullpen is not the best place for Matt. In a bullpen, you work on two pitches. Matt needs to work on all four. He needs to get back to working on his skill set.”
At the time of his departure from the Mets, he will own a 7.00 ERA for the 2018 season. Boras didn’t think the movement to the bullpen helped and thinks when Harvey joins another team to start, he can then work towards the goal of being the pitcher he can be.
“The guy got in great shape,” he said. “He was doing all he can do. His velocity was back and he was working hard. He is not effective yet. The Mets felt for their particular needs he need to be put in the bullpen. I just feel with a starting pitcher, particularly in Matt Harvey’s need to feel to pitch, it is important he start.”
New York has seven days to try and trade Harvey. If that doesn’t happen, they will attempt to send him to the minors, but since it’s known he will reject that attempt, he will become a free agent.
The Mets have said they are willing to eat a significant part of his $4.6 million salary to get a better return in a trade, but a team might hope he passes through waivers and they can pick him up for free via free agency.