The New York Mets are planning to designate Matt Harvey for assignment on Saturday after the right-hander declined to be optioned to the minor leagues on Friday. When Harvey refused, the move was made to designate him for assignment. He will now go through the waivers process, and if he should clear, it would give the Mets the choice to either trade or, more likely, release Harvey. Matt has been a cornerstone certainly of my tenure here, a tremendous prospect at the time I arrived, tremendous accomplishments during the course of my tenure here. After a fantastic debut for the team, Harvey underwent Tommy John surgery and returned stronger than ever in 2015, leading the team to a World Series.
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. With AP Photos.The New York Mets are cutting ties with former ace Matt Harvey.
He has been inconsistent and injury prone since then. The Mets demoted Harvey to the bullpen a couple weeks ago, much to his dismay.
Suzuki was a 10-time All-Star, has a.311 average and amassed 3,089 hits - not including the 1,278 he had in Japan.
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So Alderson, manager Mickey Callaway and pitching coach Dave Eiland met with Harvey on Friday afternoon and asked him to accept a move to the Mets' minor leagues. As a player with five years of major league service, he can not be assigned to the minor leagues without his consent. He did and will probably end up in another team's uniform. "This is a very unfortunate, hard conclusion".
"I think we've tried to find some other solution over a fairly long period of time, " Alderson said. The latest came earlier this week when the New York Post reported that he was seen partying in Los Angeles during the Mets' West Coast swing.
Added Callaway, who vouched for Harvey and had wanted the Mets to keep him in the offseason to help him improve: "We feel like we failed Matt Harvey". "We feel our job is to help every player in there and it's not a good feeling when you don't".