Time For The New York Mets To Trade Matt Harvey

by Frank Pimentel | Posted on Monday, May 8th, 2017
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Just in case you haven’t yet heard, things are getting ugly between the New York Mets and their All-Star right-hander Matt Harvey. On Sunday, the Mets suspended the 28-year-old starter for three games without pay for a “violation of club rules.” Harvey reportedly didn’t show up at the ballpark on Saturday and the Mets opted to suspend him including for his scheduled start on Sunday.

Reports are that Harvey cited a miscommunication with club officials and was suffering from migraines which were the cause for the no-show. Other reports say that Harvey was seen golfing on Saturday morning and hasn’t been happy with club officials of late. This is a culmination of issues for both parties has caused this feud to rear its ugly head. Jon Heyman reported that Harvey will file a grievance and challenge his three-game ban without pay.

Harvey is 2-2 with a 5.14 ERA through his first six starts this season since undergoing thoracic-outlet surgery last season. Harvey has also been ticked off by the way Manager Terry Collins has deployed him at times, such as his start on 4/27 where he was shelled by the Braves. Following the start, Harvey told the media he wasn’t physically ready to start after being bumped up a day since he had completed a weight-lifting session the day prior. Harvey has been shuffled up in the rotation on a few occasions due to the injuries of fellow rotation mates and has seen his promising start to the 2017 season turn into a rough one in just a few outings.

Harvey has had several clashes with the front office and leadership of the Mets including missing a mandatory team workout prior to the 2015 postseason as Fox Sports Ken Rosenthal pointed out. The frustration is mounting between both sides and it may be time to cut their ties and go separate ways.

This entire situation reminds me of Josh Beckett in his later years with the Boston Red Sox. The veteran right-hander had years of domination on the hill but certainly carried an ego and persona with him in the room that could sometimes affect his teammates in a negative way. Perhaps Harvey and his disdain for Mets officials are what led to the disagreement between Noah Syndergaard and his refusal to get an MRI, and now the young starter will miss significant time with a torn right lat.

Back to the Beckett and Harvey connection. Harvey reportedly missed Saturday’s game after he was spotted playing golf in the morning. Similarly, Beckett faced a backlash from the Boston media after he was spotted playing golf a day prior to being scratched from an outing with an injury in May of 2012. The controversy and questions following this issue led to the infamous “My off-day is my off-day rant.” Matt Harvey may have taken a page out of Beckett’s book with the golf on the morning of a non-start and the no-show for the night of the game.

There is also the infamous chicken and beer fiasco of 2011 where the Red Sox had the worst September collapse in history. Beckett fell out of favor with the organization and the fan base and there is no surprise that the World Series hero and ace were soon dealt away in a blockbuster trade with the Dodgers in August of 2012.

The situations are slightly different here for Beckett and Harvey as Josh was a few years older, but was still for the most part still pitching well. Coming off a great 2011 season Beckett was struggling mightily in 2012, as has Harvey in his last two outings of this year. Harvey is also 28-years-old and is set to hit the open market after the 2018 season. There is no doubt that Matt already has one foot out the door, especially with the news he is going to file a grievance, perhaps the Mets need to do what the Red Sox did in 2012 and ship out their once dominant ace and re-shape the future of the ball-club.

If the Mets are serious about trading Harvey, they will undeniably have many takers for his services, even with just under two seasons left before he hits free agency. Harvey is still a dominant pitcher, we saw that through his first four outings this season, it’s just time for a change of scenery. The Mets have struggled out of the gates at 14-16 and trading Harvey for top prospects may not appease the fan base now, but it is the best move for the long-term future of the team and for Harvey himself.

The Dark Knight may not even have to leave Gotham as I’m sure Brian Cashman and the New York Yankees would make a call to Sandy Alderson and the Mets knowing the young prospects they have to deal and that they may be one elite starter away from contending for the World Series. With the way Aaron Judge and the Yankees have hit so far in 2017, could you imagine adding Harvey to the fold with Tanaka, Severino and Pineda? The Yankees also have the money to lock-him up long-term if the fit is just right for the veteran starter.

It’s time for the Mets to trade Matt Harvey, both sides need to go their separate ways and put all of these incidents in the rear view.

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  • James Berry

    I think you might be overvaluing the number of teams that would shell out prospects for Harvey. We’ve seen few true success stories on pitchers after having TOS surgery. It’s still in its infancy as far as surgeries to pitchers. Sure, Harvey could bounce back and go on to have a stellar career, but we just don’t know that with any certainty. Also, Harvey seems full of drama for many teams to bring in to the fold.

  • One narrative can be that Harvey is “bad”, but it sounds like the Mets might be mishandling him as well.

  • BillyBall

    So this writer wants the Yanks to deal away big prospects for a pitcher who has been terrible last few years and count on the fact that he was an all star st one time prior to last surgery. Well if we go by this thought process why not ask Tom Seaver to come out of retirement since he was an all star hall of fame pitcher at one point.

  • slider32

    I put most of the blame on the Mets, they should have gone to a 6 man rotation 2 years ago and most of these pitchers would still be pitching well. In June they were thinking about it and didn’t do it, then they got Cespedes and took off. For the rest of the season all their young pitchers were over used. They got to the world series, that was their shot. Now all their pitchers are hurt and they have no one but themselves to blame. The fans don’t care about injuries, but with Harvey having TJ and then TOS, he has about 10% chance of being a good pitcher again. As for trading him, they will have to sell very low right now, and they have no pitching unless Matz and Lugo come back healthy.

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