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

Anthony DiComo of MLB.com provided Alderson's response when asked whether he was upset about Harvey potentially traveling to L.A. on Thursday night.

Though he served as the face of the New York Mets franchise just a few years ago, the Matt Harvey era has ended in New York.

He started the All-Star Game at Citi Field that July and was 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA when he tore an elbow ligament during a game against Detroit on August 24.

Harvey struggled to an 0-2 record with a 7.00 ERA across eight appearances, including four starts this season.

Alderson told reporters Friday that he, manager Mickey Callaway and pitching coach Dave Eiland met with Harvey and pitched him on the idea of rebuilding himself in the minor leagues.

The New York Mets declared an end to Matt Harvey's tenure with the team Friday after he refused to take a minor league assignment. The Mets now have seven days to either trade Harvey or release him and allow him to find a new team as a free agent.

"In spite of issues all of us have from time to time, he was appreciated for what he brought to the New York Mets", Alderson said. And the results weren't any better, as he had a 10.50 ERA in four appearances. Harvey is on a short list with Chris Carpenter, Shaun Marcum and Jaime Garcia among pitchers who've had an elbow reconstruction and thoracic outlet syndrome over the past decade.

Callaway said that he wanted Harvey to go to the minors to rebuild himself, but that Harvey didn't want to, so the team chose to cut bait. Even a move to the bullpen earlier in the year didn't reveal much promise. "At this point, pragmatism and realism far outweighed all other considerations", Alderson said.

While the Major League Baseball rumors surrounding Matt Harvey are growing already, there is no indication that the New York Yankees are interested, or any other team for that matter. He went 13-8 with a 2.71 ERA and 188 strikeouts in 189.1 innings, earning Comeback Player of the Year as one of the key members of a Mets team that reached the World Series. "I think our job is to help every player, and it's not a good feeling when you can't". He drew a three-game suspension last season after he failed to show up for a game.

  • Jon Douglas