Mets GM: Decision to DFA Harvey was 'a long time coming'

Mets to designate former All-Star Matt Harvey for assignment

Mets to designate former All-Star Matt Harvey for assignment

With AP Photos.Matt Harvey has been formally designated for assignment by the New York Mets, who replaced him on the pitching staff by recalling reliever Hansel Robles from Triple-A Las Vegas.

"I think that he had previously, in the abstract, indicated that he would not accept", he said.

Selected by the Mets with the seventh overall pick in the 2010 draft, Harvey made his big-league debut in July 2012 and became a major sports figure in NY - both at the ballpark and at Manhattan night spots. He was nicknamed the Dark Knight of Gotham after Sports Illustrated called him that in a cover story in May 2013.

Of course, another report of late-night partying didn't help Harvey's cause.

Scott Boras, Harvey's agent, said in a text message that the bullpen was tough for Harvey to work on all of his pitches. "I like Matt, in spite of all the stuff that's gone on and certainly because of a lot of the stuff that's gone on".

Just a few weeks after being moved to the bullpen by the New York Mets, Matt Harvey is close to joining another team. I just wish him the best, I really do.

Harvey's velocity peaked at 96 miles per hour in 2015, and he logged a 2-0 record with a 3.04 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 26 2/3 postseason innings when the Mets advanced all the way to the World Series. He underwent Tommy John surgery in October and missed the entire 2014 season.

Harvey returned in 2015 and went 13-8 with a 2.27 ERA as the Mets reached the World Series for the first time since 2000. He was voted National League Comeback Player of the Year. His most recent outing was the most demoralizing yet, as Harvey allowed five opposing baserunners to cross the plate on three hits and three walks while recording a single strikeout in two frames. Perhaps nobody in the organization's 57 seasons has embodied the full Kübler-Ross model of what it means to be a Met - to promise, to fulfill, to frustrate and, ultimately, to disappoint - quite like Harvey. He was demoted to the bullpen and had a 10.50 ERA in four relief appearances.

But as Mets starters Jacob DeGrom and Noah Syndergaard emerged as top pitchers, Harvey fell off, and the Mets' trio hasn't become the dominant force many hoped or expected.

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