Mets to designate pitcher Matt Harvey for assignment

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In recent years, the New York Mets have prided themselves on strong pitching. The following season, he went 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA, as giddy Mets fans celebrated each of his starts like a holiday, called "Harvey Day". After an incredible rookie campaign and the first half of 2013, he was named the National League's starting pitcher in the All-Star Game. 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.

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. They told Harvey to take a few hours to talk to his agent, Scott Boras, and make a decision.

Harvey gave up three hits, three walks and five earned runs to the Atlanta Braves.

Harvey also has dealt with a number of off-the-field issues. The 29-year-old right-hander was moved from the rotation to the bullpen last month. Harvey's struggles were reflected in a 0-2 record, a 7.00 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP in eight appearances as a starter and reliever.

The New York Post reported this week that Harvey was out partying in Los Angeles the night before pitching in San Diego last weekend. He said he found Harvey "a likable and vulnerable individual, in spite of issues all of us face from time to time. I guess the short answer is no".

Now, Harvey has been designated for assignment.

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A team could claim Harvey and the rest of his $5.6-million salary for 2018 off waivers or trade for him, but both scenarios seem highly unlikely.

The Mets are set to designate Harvey for assignment this weekend, a move that paves the way for NY to cut or trade the 29 year-old right hander.

Matt Harvey, once regarded as a premier pitcher who could have joined Tom Seaver and Dwight Gooden among the Mets' greats, refused a minor league assignment and will be designated for assignment Saturday. He cannot necessarily control what happens on the field, but he can control what he does off of it.

Whoever signs Harvey must be cautious, and he must get his act together.

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"The Dark Knight", Matt Harvey, is facing his lowest of lows, but he could land back on his feet with some work.