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Once the Mets' ace, Matt Harvey will be designated for assignment

Once the Mets' ace, Matt Harvey will be designated for assignment

This brings to an end one of the most compelling, and complex, chapters in franchise history, with Harvey transforming from savior to malcontent as he lost the zip on his once-dominating fastball. The Mets then sent Harvey to the bullpen, a move he was openly frustrated by.

He has an 0-2 record this season with an ERA of 7.00 in eight games (four starts).

"We have a lot of clay to work with to build the starter sculpture", Boras said. Harvey had allowed five earned runs in just two innings of relief, complete with a bunch of walks and hard-hit balls. Harvey looked like he might never throw a baseball again after a very serious shoulder injury that nearly ended his career. "So I think that at this point, pragmatism, realism far outweighed other considerations".

Teams such as the Yankees were thought to be salivating at potentially giving Harvey a mega contract after he was set to become a free agent following this season. As a player with five years of major league service, he can not be assigned to the minor leagues without his consent. Harvey, 29, was the seventh overall pick in the 2010 Major League Baseball draft out of the University of North Carolina. We feel like we failed Matt Harvey. "It's our job to help every player in here". He was nicknamed the Dark Knight of Gotham after Sports Illustrated called him that in a cover story in May 2013.

Harvey had Tommy John surgery on his elbow following the 2013 season, causing him to miss the entire 2014 campaign. That led to Tommy John surgery on October 22.

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. But after Harvey underwent a second surgery to address thoracic outlet syndrome - a procedure that few players fully recover from - his pitching was never the same. He was suspended for three days without pay in May for skipping a game following a late night on the town.

"I can't get inside Matt's decision", Alderson said.

Asked earlier this week about reports that Harvey had been partying in Los Angeles the night before a start in San Diego, Alderson simply remarked that he wasn't surprised in the slightest. "So I guess the short answer is no".