The team had requested Harvey accept a minor league assignment, but he refused, Alderson said.
Harvey ended up pitching a career-high 189 1/3 innings in the regular season before spinning another 26 2/3 in the postseason - at least one too many, as it turned out. He started the All-Star Game for the Mets in front of the home fans at Citi Field and it looked as if he'd be the next ace to rule over NY. He drew a three-game suspension last season after he failed to show up for a game. The move to the bullpen was dramatic in itself.
Of course, another report of late-night partying didn't help Harvey's cause. "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".
"We thought from our evaluation in spring training that we could get him to where he wanted him to be and we didn't".
When Harvey declined the request, it was an easy decision for the Mets to designate the 29-year-old for assignment. I don't know of many guys in his shoes who would have accepted it. Here's a look at the Dark Knight's biggest highs and lows. I really like Matt. After being moved to the bullpen, Harvey expressed his displeasure and is time with the Mets was running out. He sat out 2014 after undergoing Tommy John surgery but recovered by posting a 2.71 ERA in 2015 helping lead the Mets to the World Series in 2015. He is 0-2 with a 7.00 ERA in 27 innings, leaving him with a 34-37 record and 3.66 ERA in six major league seasons.
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The right-hander had a stint with the team earlier this season in which he allowed three runs in eight innings, struck out 13 batters, and only walked one.
The New York Yankees have emerged as a potential landing spot for Harvey after the Mets moved to cut ties with him, with a number of Major League Baseball beat writers suggesting that the Bronx Bombers may be interested in taking a flyer on Harvey.
Mets manager Mickey Callaway said he and pitching coach Dave Eiland both feel like they are partly to blame for Harvey's situation.
Harvey was relegated to the bullpen this year after struggling as a starter, and the Mets this week asked him to go to the minors to try to work out his problems.