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Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Harvey delivers a pitch to the Texas Rangers during the first inning of a baseball game at Globe Life Park in Arlington. (Jim Cowsert/USA TODAY Sports)
Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Harvey delivers a pitch to the Texas Rangers during the first inning of a baseball game at Globe Life Park in Arlington. (Jim Cowsert/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets have reshaped their roster over the last year and change, saying goodbye to some familiar faces (some beloved, some not) in the process. Every week, we'll take a look at how some of those former Mets are performing with their new teams...


Jarred Kelenic, Mariners (minors)

The 19-year-old Kelenic, the prized prospect the Mets included in the Diaz/Cano deal, has cooled off over the last two weeks as his triple slash has dropped from a ridiculously good .340/.441/.630 to a still-impressive .314/.397/.529.

In 39 games this season for Seattle's Low-A affiliate, Kelenic has six homers, 13 doubles, one triple, and seven stolen bases. 

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Jenrry Mejia, Matt Harvey, Wilmer Flores, Danny Abriano
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Mar 31, 2019; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners first baseman Jay Bruce (32) is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run against the Boston Red Sox during the fourth inning at T-Mobile Park. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports (Jennifer Buchanan)
Mar 31, 2019; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners first baseman Jay Bruce (32) is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run against the Boston Red Sox during the fourth inning at T-Mobile Park. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports (Jennifer Buchanan)

The Mets have reshaped their roster over the last year and change, saying goodbye to some familiar faces (some beloved, some not) in the process. Every week, we'll take a look at how some of those former Mets are performing with their new teams...


Jarred Kelenic, Mariners (minors)

The 19-year-old Kelenic, the prized prospect the Mets included in the Diaz/Cano deal, has cooled off a bit over the last week as his triple slash has dropped from a ridiculously good .340/.441/.630 to .326/.416/.581.

In 33 games this season for Seattle's Low-A affiliate, Kelenic has six homers, 13 doubles, one triple, and six stolen bases. 

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Jenrry Mejia, Matt Harvey, Wilmer Flores, Danny Abriano
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Jun 27, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets 2018 first round draft pick Jarred Kelenic takes the field for batting practice before a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jun 27, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets 2018 first round draft pick Jarred Kelenic takes the field for batting practice before a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets have reshaped their roster over the last year and change, saying goodbye to some familiar faces (some beloved, some not) in the process. Every week, we'll take a look at how some of those former Mets are performing with their new teams...


Jarred Kelenic, Mariners (minors)

The 19-year-old Kelenic, the prized prospect the Mets included in the Diaz/Cano deal, is tearing the cover off the ball for Low-A West Virginia -- where he recently hit four homers in four games. 

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Jenrry Mejia, Matt Harvey, Wilmer Flores, Danny Abriano
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Jun 27, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets 2018 first round draft pick Jarred Kelenic takes the field for batting practice before a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jun 27, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets 2018 first round draft pick Jarred Kelenic takes the field for batting practice before a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets have reshaped their roster over the last year and change, saying goodbye to some familiar faces (some beloved, some not) in the process. Every week, we'll take a look at how some of those former Mets are performing with their new teams...


Wilmer Flores, Diamondbacks

The former fan favorite hasn't been playing much more than if he were still on the Mets, as he's still operating in a bench role primarily. He's batting .219 and lacking significant pop -- he has four doubles and no homers, while driving in just five runs during the first month of the season. 

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Matt Harvey, Wilmer Flores
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Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Harvey pitches against the New York Yankees in the first inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. (Richard Mackson/USA TODAY Sports)
Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Harvey pitches against the New York Yankees in the first inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. (Richard Mackson/USA TODAY Sports)

Whether he's with the Mets or a different team, one thing has been consistent with Matt Harvey: success against the Yankees.

The former Mets ace Harvey threw six innings of two-run ball in Monday's start, retiring the last seven batters he faced.

Harvey allowed a solo home run to Luke Voit in the first inning and another run to score on a Gleyber Torres foul out in the third, but allowed just three hits and two walks to lower his ERA to 8.03.

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Apr 11, 2019; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Miami Marlins left fielder Curtis Granderson (21) against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)
Apr 11, 2019; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Miami Marlins left fielder Curtis Granderson (21) against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)

The Mets have reshaped their roster over the last year and change, saying goodbye to some familiar faces (some beloved, some not) in the process. Every week, we'll take a look at how some of those former Mets are performing with their new teams...


Wilmer Flores, Diamondbacks

Flores is hitting .236 in 17 games. So far, he has no homers and only one RBI with four doubles with his new team. 

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Jenrry Mejia, Matt Harvey, Wilmer Flores
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Mar 31, 2019; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners first baseman Jay Bruce (32) is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run against the Boston Red Sox during the fourth inning at T-Mobile Park. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports (Jennifer Buchanan)
Mar 31, 2019; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners first baseman Jay Bruce (32) is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run against the Boston Red Sox during the fourth inning at T-Mobile Park. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports (Jennifer Buchanan)

The Mets have reshaped their roster over the last year and change, saying goodbye to some familiar faces (some beloved, some not) in the process. Every week, we'll take a look at how some of those former Mets are performing with their new teams...


Wilmer Flores, Diamondbacks

Flores is struggling in Arizona, hitting just .200/.256/.275 with zero homers and three doubles in 40 at-bats over 12 games. He's been slumping especially badly since April 6, with just three hits in 20 at-bats.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Jenrry Mejia, Matt Harvey, Wilmer Flores, Danny Abriano
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If you've followed the Mets over the past decade or so, you're familiar with an identity common to nearly every season: The team features a world-class rotation and a lineup that doesn't score enough to support it.

It's a pattern best personified by that famous game in 2015, when Eric Campbell and John Mayberry Jr. comprised the middle of the lineup while both batting around .170. But the roster has felt this way at least since the front office decided to build around arms like Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Zack Wheeler and Noah Syndergaard.

Watching these Mets through spring training and the first nine games of the regular season, you sense an unexpected inversion of that formula. The deep lineup will score runs all year, and the team's chances at contending for a championship will hinge on whether it is able to pitch enough...

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Andy Martino
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Apr 6, 2019; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Wilmer Flores (41) bats against the Boston Red Sox during the third inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)
Apr 6, 2019; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Wilmer Flores (41) bats against the Boston Red Sox during the third inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)

The Mets have reshaped their roster over the last year and change, saying goodbye to some familiar faces (some beloved, some not) in the process. Every week, we'll take a look at how some of those former Mets are performing with their new teams...


Wilmer Flores, Diamondbacks

Most Mets fans miss Wilmer, who the team non-tendered this offseason. So far for the Diamondbacks. Flores is hitting just .227/.292/.318 with no homers in 22 at-bats over six games. 

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Jenrry Mejia, Matt Harvey, Wilmer Flores, Danny Abriano
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Mar 29, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels pitcher starting Matt Harvey (33) delivers against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: D. Ross Cameron-USA TODAY Sports  (D. Ross Cameron)
Mar 29, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels pitcher starting Matt Harvey (33) delivers against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: D. Ross Cameron-USA TODAY Sports (D. Ross Cameron)

Former Mets pitcher Matt Harvey had a quality start in his Angels debut Friday night, giving up two runs in six innings against the Athletics while taking a no-decision. He allowed four hits and three walks but had just one strikeout.

After a leadoff walk, Harvey retired 12 consecutive batters. He began the fifth by giving up two walks and a single to load the bases with no outs, but his lone strikeout and a double play got him out of the jam unscathed. 

But he couldn't keep Oakland off the board in the sixth when he allowed a two-run homer to Khris Davis. He received no run support while he was in the game, but the Angels got him off the hook for the loss by scoring four runs in the eight.

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Noah Syndergaard talks about the future of Jacob deGrom, hoping he remains a Met long-term, and also addresses the team's travel schedule

Sure, it was mildly annoying last winter when Noah Syndergaard posted a few silly tweets about how SNY was "trying to trade him" because of our reporting on the Mets' efforts to do so. And now we can probably add the mayor of Syracuse and a few Mets officials to the list of those with small complaints.

But you know what? The inclination here is to give Syndergaard credit for expressing honest opinions, whether or not we agree with those views.

He has thrown off clichés and thrust himself into an arena where most athletes and PR departments are loathe to go. He is giving us a glimpse of how he feels, and that's much rarer than it should be...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Andy Martino
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Sep 26, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) reacts after the top of the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 26, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) reacts after the top of the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Everyone seems shocked that Jacob deGrom left the door open to the notion he'd consider limiting his innings in 2019 if he doesn't the contract extension he wants. But, sorry, I can't buy into the outrage.

This isn't Matt Harvey, suddenly springing the idea of shutting himself down in the heat of a September pennant race.

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First look at Harvey on Angels 00:00:37
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitcher Matt Harvey dons his new threads and talks about being with his new team.

The Matt Harvey era in New York ended last year when the Mets traded the former ace to the Reds, and the right-hander is now attempting to revive his once-promising career with the Angels.

But after all of the off-field issues, the surgery to fix his thoracic outlet syndrome and his inability to regain his All-Star form in Flushing leaves lingering regret within Harvey.

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Apr 10, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) prior to the game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Apr 10, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) prior to the game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter | : So Omar Minaya went on MLB Radio this week and downplayed expectations that Yoenis Cespedes is being counted on at all by the Mets in 2019.

"If he gives us anything this year, that is gravy," was the way he put it.

Now wait a minute...

Tags: Anthony Swarzak, Asdrubal Cabrera, Jacob deGrom, Jerry Blevins, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

When the news broke on Tuesday that Matt Harvey is signing with the Angels, my first thought was, well, at least Anaheim is closer to Los Angeles than San Diego. 

It was only last April, remember, when Harvey, already relegated to Mickey Callaway's bullpen by then, had such a craving to party in LA that he hopped a ride from San Diego, where the Mets were playing a weekend series. 

To which Sandy Alderson essentially threw up his hands and said enough is enough. 

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New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) looks to the plate during the third inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Wednesday, May 17, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)  (Matt York/AP)
New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) looks to the plate during the third inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Wednesday, May 17, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) (Matt York/AP)

Former Mets and current Reds RHP Matt Harvey is set to become a free agent at the end of the season. And after what was scheduled to be his penultimate start of the season, he gave a glimpse of what team he could play for in 2019.

"There's only one team out there I would not sign with," Harvey said, according to The Athletic's C. Trent Rosecrans. "That's about it."

Harvey, whom the Mets traded to Cincinnati in May, did not specifically say which team he was alluding to. 

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Matt Harvey returns to New York 00:01:10
Matt Harvey returns to Citi Field and looks back on his time with the Mets, and acknowledges mistakes and mixed emotions.

Matt Harvey regrets the way things ended with the Mets, and wants fans to know that he gave "his all" to the organization.

"There's a lot of things I wish I obviously hadn't done," Harvey said Monday night in the visitors dugout at Citi Field. "When injuries kind of took a toll on me and I wasn't able to do my job the way I wanted to, I made a lot of mistakes."

"I really put everything out there and it was a lot of fun," he added. "Something I'll always remember."

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Matt Harvey returns to Citi Field as a member of the Reds on Monday night.

SNY'tv's Danny Abriano and Matthew Cerrone discuss what his Mets legacy should be...

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Jun 15, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Matt Harvey (32) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports (Ben Queen)
Jun 15, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Matt Harvey (32) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports (Ben Queen)

The Mets will have a tribute video for Matt Harvey on Monday night at 7 p.m., before Harvey's Reds open a three-game set at Citi Field.

Harvey, who was traded to Cincinnati earlier this season for Devin Mesoraco, has a 4.79 ERA (4.81 FIP) and 1.27 WHIP with 57 strikeouts in 77 innings (15 starts) since the trade.

He had a 7.00 ERA (5.68 FIP) and 1.55 WHIP with 20 strikeouts in 27 innings (four starts, four relief appearances) earlier this season for the Mets.

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It was five years ago tonight that Matt Harvey got the start for the National League as the All-Star Game was played at Citi Field.

The day before, then-prospect Noah Syndergaard represented the Mets and was the starting pitcher for Team USA during MLB's Futures Game. As expected, Syndergaard looked poised and aggressive on the mound, throwing one scoreless inning.

Brandon Nimmo, who started on the bench for Team USA, went hitless during two at-bats.

Tags: David Wright, Matt Harvey, Matthew Cerrone
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Zack Wheeler (45) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Zack Wheeler (45) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Here is a collection of relevant  trade rumors based on my recent conversations with rival team executives, MLB insiders, local reporters, and people connected to the Mets...

According to SNY's Andy Martino, the Mets have moved past the idea of trading Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard and are instead focusing on trading Zack Wheeler and Steven Matz.

However, in addition to Matz and Wheeler, teams looking for a mid-rotation starting pitcher are also looking at Tyson Ross (Padres), Marco Estrada (Blue Jays), Mike Minor (Rangers) and at least a handful of other more experienced and reliable arms...

Tags: Anthony Swarzak, David Wright, Jacob deGrom, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Jun 3, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches during the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Jun 3, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches during the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | Amid weeks of trade speculation about the Yankees and Mets, there is still very little action between the teams, regarding Jacob deGrom or anyone else.

As Brian Cashman said last Friday, he has spoken to Mets executive Omar Minaya, a longtime friend. But those talks were extremely general and preliminary, and Yankees people remain highly skeptical that they could agree on a deal with the Mets. There is lingering bad blood from deals for Jay Bruce and Neil Walker that fell through last summer -- and that's not the only disagreement between the sides over the past few years.

The Yanks could use deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, and maybe Zack Wheeler or Steven Matz. The Mets are open to anything, but reluctant to move deGrom. They would deal any of the other three pitchers, though Syndergaard will likely have more value this winter.

Tags: Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Andy Martino
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Zack Wheeler (45) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Zack Wheeler (45) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | Amid weeks of trade speculation about the Yankees and Mets, there is still very little action between the teams, regarding Jacob deGrom or anyone else.

As Brian Cashman said last Friday, he has spoken to Mets executive Omar Minaya, a longtime friend. But those talks were extremely general and preliminary, and Yankees people remain highly skeptical that they could agree on a deal with the Mets. There is lingering bad blood from deals for Jay Bruce and Neil Walker that fell through last summer -- and that's not the only disagreement between the sides over the past few years.

The Yanks could use deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, and maybe Zack Wheeler or Steven Matz. The Mets are open to anything, but reluctant to move deGrom. They would deal any of the other three pitchers, though Syndergaard will likely have more value this winter.

Tags: Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Andy Martino
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Jun 3, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches during the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Jun 3, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches during the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | Amid weeks of trade speculation about the Yankees and Mets, there is still very little action between the teams, regarding Jacob deGrom or anyone else.

As Brian Cashman said last Friday, he has spoken to Mets executive Omar Minaya, a longtime friend. But those talks were extremely general and preliminary, and Yankees people remain highly skeptical that they could agree on a deal with the Mets. There is lingering bad blood from deals for Jay Bruce and Neil Walker that fell through last summer -- and that's not the only disagreement between the sides over the past few years.

The Yanks could use deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, and maybe Zack Wheeler or Steven Matz. The Mets are open to anything, but reluctant to move deGrom. They would deal any of the other three pitchers, though Syndergaard will likely have more value this winter.

Tags: Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Andy Martino
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Watching Matt Harvey start to turn things around with the Reds has been cringeworthy for some Mets fans. How about the possibility of him keeping this going with the Nationals?

The 42-41 Nats are 3.5 games out of the second Wild Card spot, and have interest in trading for Harvey, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag

Harvey, who has magically found his fastball again since being traded by the Mets, has allowed just three runs over his last three starts (18.1 innings) while walking two and striking out 14. 

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Front offices across all sports regularly make cold, calculated decisions about their athletes. It's the nature of the business and a necessary route to success. 

But, rarely do teams say that publically like Reds general manager Dick Williams did about Matt Harvey. 

When the Mets DFA'd the former star, the Reds were one of the teams that had interest in the pitcher. They acquired Harvey by sending Devin Mesoraco to the Mets.

"We're looking at him more opportunistically,'' Reds general manager Dick Williams said...

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New York Mets pitcher Seth Lugo delivers the ball to the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (AP)
New York Mets pitcher Seth Lugo delivers the ball to the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (AP)

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterGive me Seth Lugo in the rotation. In fact, give me Seth Lugo in the rotation weeks ago.

Lugo was initially expected to begin the season as a starter, but it didn't come to fruition. In my opinion, he should have never been moved to the bullpen. And the Mets' rotation issues have been magnified with the performance of Matt Harvey prior to him being moved to the bullpen (and then traded), Zack Wheeler when he returned to the rotation from the minors, and Jason Vargas upon returning from injury.

Lugo has stepped up these past three seasons, including in the bullpen in 2018.

Tags: Jason Vargas, Matt Harvey, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, Michelle Ioannou
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Apr 24, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) celebrates with right fielder Jay Bruce (19) after the Mets defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in ten innings at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)
Apr 24, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) celebrates with right fielder Jay Bruce (19) after the Mets defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in ten innings at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)

Doug Williams and Andy Martino are back for another episode of Shea Anything, where they take their first real look at Mickey Callaway's job performance managing the Mets. They also discuss the Matt Harvey trade to Cincinnati and all the twists and turns that led to the deal.

Devin Mesoraco -- the man who the Mets received in the trade -- is also a topic of conversation as the guys take a look at the catching position and how it'll change once Kevin Plawecki returns from injury. And, finally, Dominic Smith is called up to the big leagues, but is it just for a few games? The guys discuss that as well, and why Dom may not be the type of player the organization really wants.]

Click below to listen...

Tags: Dominic Smith, Kevin Plawecki, Matt Harvey
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Former Mets RHP Matt Harvey pitched four shutout innings against the Dodgers on Friday night in his Reds debut.

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Apr 25, 2015; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Terry Collins (10) shakes hands with starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) after defeating the New York Yankees in an interleague game at Yankee Stadium. The Mets defeated the Yankees 8 - 2. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports ( Adam Hunger)
Apr 25, 2015; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Terry Collins (10) shakes hands with starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) after defeating the New York Yankees in an interleague game at Yankee Stadium. The Mets defeated the Yankees 8 - 2. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports ( Adam Hunger)

Former Mets manager and current special assistant Terry Collins feels for Matt Harvey, who was traded to the Reds on Tuesday after being DFA'd by the Mets on Saturday.

"I love Matt Harvey," Collins told Dom Amore of The Hartford Courant. "I love him like a son. We went through a lot of wars. I saw a guy, when he got to the big leagues, within two seasons he made himself, if not the best, then one of the top three pitchers in all of baseball. So what happened the last few years, injury-wise and how it affected him, was really tough to see and go through for him."

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | One of the things Collins mentioned -- his decision to let Harvey start the ninth inning against the Royals in Game 5 of the World Series -- is something that still bothers Mets fans. I was at Game 5, and like every other Mets fan around me, was pumped to see Harvey run back to the mound to start the inning. The issue wasn't letting him go out there, it was letting him continue after he walked Lorenzo Cain to lead off the inning. But the bigger picture is this...

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New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)
New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter

There is an increasing likelihood that the Mets will find a trade for Matt Harvey, whom the team designated for assignment on Saturday.

The San Francisco Giants have "strong interest" in Harvey, according to major league sources, but there are still other teams in the mix. Sources cautioned that no deal was done, and that was unlikely to change on Monday night. The Giants were not a sure thing to land Harvey, despite their interest.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) looks to the plate during the third inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Wednesday, May 17, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)  (Matt York/AP)
New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) looks to the plate during the third inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Wednesday, May 17, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) (Matt York/AP)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | The Mets are trying to find a trade for recently DFA'd Matt Harvey, and several teams are exploring the possibility.

Here's the current landscape, from major league sources: Texas assistant pitching coach Dan Warthen is encouraging his front office to consider Harvey. Warthen, who was the longtime Mets' pitching coach, has been a fan since Harvey's prospect days.

The Seattle Mariners also have some interest in Harvey, per major league sources. Despite speculation to the contrary, the Baltimore Orioles are not likely interested, sources say. The O's checked in on Harvey over the winter, and the Mets called them again within the past few weeks -- before designating Harvey -- and found little interest...

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New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterLast week in Mets Land was not a good one. I was at three games this past week... and the Mets lost all of them. In fact, the Mets didn't win a game their entire homestand. Six straight losses.

I know, none of you want to recap this past week I don't blame you. It was a horrible. But there was a move that does need to be brought up again, and that is Matt Harvey. Harvey refused a minor league assignment (to no one's surprise) and was DFA'd by the Mets. I already spoke about this more in depth, but it was a move that had to be made. And it was sad that it had to come to this. The irony of all of this, though? Hansel Robles was called up to replace Harvey in the bullpen. Yes, a sentence you likely never thought you'd hear (and likely never wanted to hear).

Speaking of Robles, he came back with a bang (and a point) by giving up a home run to Ian Desmond on Sunday in his first appearance back. The Mets went on to lose this game, but the biggest shockers of the game were that Noah Syndergaard walked in a run and Robles then somehow had a scoreless ninth inning despite giving up the above mentioned homer in the eighth...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Hansel Robles, Jacob deGrom, Jerry Blevins, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Yoenis Cespedes, Michelle Ioannou
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Apr 10, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Hansel Robles (47) delivers a pitch in the eighth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Apr 10, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Hansel Robles (47) delivers a pitch in the eighth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

RHP Hansel Robles has been recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas to replace RHP Matt Harvey, who has been designated for assignment.

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Apr 13, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) during batting practice before game against Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 13, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) during batting practice before game against Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Yankees have no interest in offering Matt Harvey a second chance in New York, according to Bob Klapisch. The report says that the team believes Yankee Stadium is too home-run friendly for a pitcher like Harvey. 

The report runs congruent with SNY's Andy Martino reporting, that the Yankees have never shown any interest in signing Harvey over the years.

Harvey has endured an abysmal two seasons before being designated for assignment on Friday. In 2017, Harvey had a 6.70 ERA in 92.2 innings, with 67 strikeouts...

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Apr 13, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) during batting practice before game against Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 13, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) during batting practice before game against Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Yankees have no interest in offering Matt Harvey a second chance in New York, according to Bob Klapisch. The report says that the team believes Yankee Stadium is too home-run friendly for a pitcher like Harvey. 

The report runs congruent with SNY's Andy Martino reporting, that the Yankees have never shown any interest in signing Harvey over the years.

Harvey has endured an abysmal two seasons before being designated for assignment on Friday. In 2017, Harvey had a 6.70 ERA in 92.2 innings, with 67 strikeouts...

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 (Charles LeClaire)
(Charles LeClaire)

Matt Harvey has been a Met his entire baseball career. But, after New York decided to designate The Dark Knight for assignment, he will no longer don the blue and orange. And among all the buzz swirling arond the news, the Mets still on the roster had a game against the Rockies Friday night (which they lost 8-7). 

So, not only did they have to deal with the loss of their fourth straight game, but they had to come to grips with the loss of a dear teammate. 

"I was shocked. I didn't think it would end this way," OF Michael Conforto, who struck out with the game-tying and game-winning run on second and third in the ninth, said after the game. "I wish him all the best. He was a good teammate, good friend. So I hope he does well in his future endeavors."

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Harvey's time as a Met is over 00:07:40
The panel on Baseball Night in New York discusses Matt Harvey and the Mets parting ways after the former was designated for assignment.

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

When Sandy Alderson cleared his throat, paused for several seconds, and said, "I really like Matt. He's a human being. And, as I said before, he's a vulnerable human being. I'm going to miss him, in many ways," you knew this was not a typical DFA.

This was a divorce.

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Feb., 2016: Matt Harvey throws a bullpen session in St. Lucie. Credit: Matthew Cerrone, SNY.TV
Feb., 2016: Matt Harvey throws a bullpen session in St. Lucie. Credit: Matthew Cerrone, SNY.TV

Matt Harvey will be designated for assignment by the Mets, the team's GM Sandy Alderson said before Friday's game at Citi Field.

It appears Harvey refusing to be sent to the minor leagues was the last straw for Alderson, who has seven days to either trade Harvey or make him a free agent.

"We feel like we failed Matt Harvey," manager Mickey Callaway said of his work with pitching coach Dave Eiland. "Our job is to help every player in there, and it's not a good feeling when you can't."

Harvey, 29, will be paid roughly $5 million by the Mets the remainder of this season whether he is or isn't on the team. Jokingly, I asked on Twitter how long it will be until Harvey signs with the Yankees, who would need to pay him only the league minimum salary...

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The news of Matt Harvey being designated for assignment by the Mets has already generated questions, but the main one is why did he reject the team's offer to pitch in the minor leagues? 

His agent, Scott Boras, has the answer. 

"They wanted him to pitch in the minors," he told The Post's Joel Sherman. "We agreed that was not the best situation to work again on a major league level as a starter."

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Callaway on Harvey being DFA'd 00:01:40
Mickey Callaway discusses Matt Harvey being designated for assignment and wanting to do what they thought was best for him and the Mets.

Mets manager Mickey Callaway and pitching coach Dave Eiland pushed GM Sandy Alderson to not trade Matt Harvey during the offseason -- hoping they could fix Harvey and help him revitalize his career. Instead, Harvey will be designated for assignment after refusing to go down to the minors. 

"I don't think it was necessarily yesterday's outing," Callaway said about the five runs Harvey allowed in relief on Thursday afternoon. "I think it was just one of the several outings out of the bullpen. It became evident to Dave Eiland and myself that him getting to where he needed to be out of the bullpen probably wasn't something that was realistic."

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterWatching Matt Harvey pitch used to be an event. T-shirts were sold that said "Happy Harvey Day." And Harvey Day was a big deal. It was exhilirating and at the same time comforting to have him on the mound. But that took a 180 these past couple of seasons...

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Alderson on Harvey being DFA'd 00:05:01
New York Mets GM Sandy Alderson announces that Matt Harvey will be designated for assignment after he refused to go the Minor Leagues.

After he refused an assignment to the minors, the Mets will designate Matt Harvey for assignment, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said on Friday. Calling Harvey "a cornerstone of certainly my tenure here," Alderson said Harvey "really didn't express any rationale" for refusing the minor league assignment.

Manager Mickey Callaway said Harvey's stuff in the bullpen "just wasn't playing up like it probably should," and that he feels he and pitching coach Dave Eiland failed Harvey.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | This is a sad day for the Mets. And a sad day for Matt Harvey. Despite everything that has happened since October of 2015, including Harvey's personal behavior that sometimes overshadowed what he did on the field, this is the end of an era. And in the summers of 2012, 2013, and 2015, no one could have imagined that things between the Mets and Harvey would end as they did on Friday afternoon...

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Jul 17, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets injured starting pitchers Noah Syndergaard (34) and Matt Harvey (33) walk in from the bullpen before a game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field. Both pitchers threw pitches in the outfield before the start of the game. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 17, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets injured starting pitchers Noah Syndergaard (34) and Matt Harvey (33) walk in from the bullpen before a game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field. Both pitchers threw pitches in the outfield before the start of the game. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Doug Williams and Andy Martino are back for another episode of Shea Anything. The guys discuss the team's recent hitting woes, Noah Syndergaard's struggles on the mound, the importance of Jason Vargas at the back end of the rotation, and, of course, Matt Harvey's night out in Southern California.

Click below to listen...

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New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) looks to the plate during the third inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Wednesday, May 17, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)  (Matt York/AP)
New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) looks to the plate during the third inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Wednesday, May 17, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) (Matt York/AP)

Matt Harvey allowed five runs on three hits while walking three and striking out one in 2.0 innings of mop-up relief on Thursday afternoon against the Braves at Citi Field.

And though he got shellacked, Harvey said afterwards that he found a positive in the at-bat where he struck out Ronald Acuna Jr. 

Former Met pitcher and current SNY analyst Nelson Figueroa said that line of thinking is "not acceptable" for Harvey, who he said doesn't belong on the major league team right now...

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DNL: Martino on Mets' loss 00:03:27
Andy Martino joins Daily News Live to break down the Mets' recent struggles following their 11-0 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Thursday.

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | The Braves came to New York this week and dropped a good ol' fashioned whupping on the Mets, announcing their presence as a National League East team of the future, and possibly the present. The Mets fell out of first place and saw their ace leave a game with an elbow injury.

Shall we go on? It gets worse.

Jason Vargas is still doing an Ollie Perez impersonation. Braves starter Julio Teheran seemed for most of Thursday's game like he was going to throw a no-hitter. Matt Harvey flopped in a mop-up appearance, two days after the manager and GM chose to publicly engage a Page Six report about his late-night partying...

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Alderson talks Matt Harvey 00:02:33
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson held a press conference to discuss the latest controversy surrounding former ace Matt Harvey.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson did not seem pleased but said Matt Harvey traveling to Los Angeles to attend a party after the team landed in San Diego last week wasn't a problem "in this case."

"Yeah, it can be a problem," Alderson said on Tuesday, referring to a report in Page Six. "I don't think it was in this case. But the other thing is, Matt has to understand that people always notice what he does. ... It's like a borderline pitch. In his case, it always gets called a strike. ... he probably learned something from it."

Harvey traveled to Los Angeles on Thursday night before the Mets opened their three-game series with the Padres in San Diego on Friday night...

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Apr 25, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches during the second inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)
Apr 25, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches during the second inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)

Mets LHP Steven Matz is not having a strong start to this season. And now that Zack Wheeler is doing well, and with the return of Jason Vargas pushing Matt Harvey to the bullpen, all eyes will be on Matz as the rotation's weakest link.

Whether Matz gets his season back on track is going to need to wait, though, since it was announced this past weekend that the start he was supposed to make on Tuesday has been pushed to Saturday because of a stiff back. 

"I just felt a little something in my back," he explained...

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Apr 24, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Matt Harvey (33) pitches during the fifth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)
Apr 24, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Matt Harvey (33) pitches during the fifth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)

For pitching coach Dave Eiland, the frustration from Matt Harvey over his move to the bullpen was expected. But blowing off reporters and cursing at them on one occasion wasn't.

Eiland says Harvey is past that stage, though, as he looks to the positives of his reliever status. 

"He's human," he told the Daily News Kristie Ackert. "he's human. We like the way he's going about it now. I am not gonna lie, it took him a couple of days. he kind of went into the darkness a little bit, so to speak, but now, he's come out of it and seen the light."

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Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | Twitter

This week in Mets Land we had a couple of birthdays -- both mine and Gary Cohen!

 

Whereas I was dying on my couch with a 103-degree fever watching the Mets forget how to play defense and losing in extra innings for my birthday on Thursday, Gary was serenaded and blessed with a Mets win for his on Sunday. Happy birthday, Gare!

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Though Mets RHP Matt Harvey has been publicly frustrated about his move to the bullpen, GM Sandy Alderson believes he is handling his transition well. Harvey has blown off reporters twice since making his bullpen debut Tuesday night, with his most recent incident having him curse at the media. Alderson, though, sees things differently when viewing Harvey's situation. 

"Have to recognize it's been a tough couple years for him and he's an emotional guy," Alderson said. "At the same time, I think he's accepted where he is and I would expect that he will work hard to take advantage of this opportunity to improve and just see how it goes."

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterI agree with Sandy -- it has been a tough couple of years for Matt Harvey. Being at the top of your game and then having to undergo major surgery after major surgery just flat out sucks. But, you can't use that as a constant excuse for your attitude. You can't let life's obstacles keep you from accepting your job, and from being there for your teammates...

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