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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.

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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.

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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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(Watchara Phomicinda)

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.

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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.]

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(Watchara Phomicinda)

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)

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."

Tags: Jay Bruce, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Zack Wheeler, Scott Thompson
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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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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

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.

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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...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Andy Martino
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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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(Jake Roth)

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!

Tags: Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes, Michelle Ioannou
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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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 (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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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 4/27 00:01:47
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez discuss another outstanding pitching performance by Jacob deGrom.

Behind a brilliant pitching performance by Jacob deGrom and a big home run by Asdrubal Cabrera, the Mets took the series opener from the Padres, 5-1, on Friday night in San Diego.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

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Doug Williams and Andy Martino try not to get lost as they go inside the mind of Matt Harvey in the latest episode of Shea Anything. They discuss Harvey's move to the bullpen, and if this could be the best way for him to get his mojo back. Later, the guys take a more serious dive into Keith Hernandez's Twitter account and dig deeper into Yoenis Cespedes' struggles at the plate.

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BNNY: Harvey lashes out at media 00:06:00
The Baseball Night in NY crew discusses Matt Harvey refusing to talk with the media after allowing the Cardinals to take a lead on Tuesday.

Mets RHP Matt Harvey snapped at reporters prior to Wednesday's game against the Cardinals in St. Louis. He refused to speak after making his bullpen debut on Tuesday night. On Wednesday, he again refused to address his performance. Harvey "laughed audibly" when approached, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com, adding "No chance. Zero chance" regarding whether he would comment on his bullpen debut. After Harvey was asked why not, he said he had "nothing to say to you guys." When a reporter asked why he didn't want to speak, Harvey said " I don't f***ing want to."

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Come on, Matt. Really? It's one thing to leave the clubhouse without speaking to reporters, which is unprofessional enough. It's quite another to curse at reporters the next day for continuing to try to do their job. That borders on absurd. And Harvey, who said he was pissed off as soon as he was informed of his move to the bullpen, is now being disruptive to the rest of the team...

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Apr 24, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches during the third 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 starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches during the third inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler allowed four runs on six hits in four innings on Tuesday night against the Cardinals.

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | Wheeler's struggles on Tuesday -- he induced just three swings and misses and couldn't make it past the fourth inning -- provided a reminder of why the team was initially reluctant to remove Matt Harvey from the rotation. Wheeler's body of work this year has hardly been enough to convince the Mets that it's safe to rely on him full-time.

But Harvey was bad enough in Atlanta to earn the demotion, and the Mets were left to hope that Wheeler could stay hot. They knew it wasn't a safe bet, but had no other choice.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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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)

Mets RHP Matt Harvey opted not to speak to reporters following his relief debut in the Mets' 6-5 win over the Cardinals in extra innings on Wednesday night.

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BNNY: Harvey available from 'pen 00:07:01
The Baseball Night in New York panel discusses Mets manager Mickey Callaway stating Matt Harvey may be available out of the bullpen Tuesday.

No one said it would be easy for Matt Harvey, who had a rib removed in 2016 to help correct Thoracic Outlet Syndrome in the right side of his upper body. The moment he went under the knife he put himself on a rocky, unpredictable road that has not ended well for similar pitchers before him...

TOS is the compression of the nerves and blood vessels that run from the spinal cord in the neck, under the collarbone and down the arm. In most cases, initial symptoms include muscle atrophy, numbness, tingling in the arm, and a struggle to grip things, such as a baseball.

There is an additional stress put on this intersection of nerves when the arm is raised and extended, such as when throwing a baseball.

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Apr 3, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey (33) pitches in the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Apr 3, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey (33) pitches in the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Hall-of-Famer John Smoltz, who was a dominant force in the bullpen after moving there from the starting rotation late in his career, says it's too soon to write off Matt Harvey.

"I don't think it's fair to write off a Matt Harvey if not given the opportunity to have enough time to go through this," Smoltz told Kristie Ackert of the NY Daily News. "That's the dilemma. What is that time frame you are willing to deal with in that organization? A new manager who has seen in Cleveland this work for an array of guys. He believes this will work for Matt. Now, it's up to Matt to believe it."

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | The whole Matt Harvey situation is a convoluted one, but I want to first comment on what former Mets RHP Bob Ojeda recently said about Harvey -- that what's happened to him is "truly his own fault." No, Bob, it's not.

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Apr 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pinch hitter Wilmer Flores (4) is congratulated after scoring a run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Apr 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pinch hitter Wilmer Flores (4) is congratulated after scoring a run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Is it time for Wilmer to be the everyday first baseman?

I think so, yes. First off, in 55 plate appearances, Adrian Gonzalez is batting .239 with a .345 OBP and .391 slugging percentage, most of which have come against right-handed hitters. He still has a good eye, and he knows his strike zone, but it has been more than a year since he's had any sort of punch to his bat. 

Meanwhile, though he has played in 18 games, Wilmer Flores has started just seven, but all of them have been at first base. In that time, he's hitting .263 with four extra base hits, five RBI and is on pace (mostly as a bench player) to be a 1.5 WAR player this season, according to FanGraphs...

Tags: Matt Harvey, Wilmer Flores, Matthew Cerrone
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Harvey's future with the Mets 00:03:26
The Daily News Live panel discusses Mets pitcher Matt Harvey and his future with the team after his recent move to the bullpen.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Mets RHP Matt Harvey is "at a 10 with being pissed off" about his move to the bullpen, and views it as somewhere he can get his "sh*t" together. 

While he's out there, though -- whether it's short-term or long-term -- will it lead to increased velocity and actual success?

Harvey hasn't been the same since he pitched through Thoracic Outlet syndrome in 2016 (when he couldn't feel his fingers) and returned from surgery for the issue in 2017 -- a return he later said he might have rushed.

Tags: Matt Harvey, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets' Matt Harvey (33) delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies Tuesday, April 3, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Mets' Matt Harvey (33) delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies Tuesday, April 3, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Mets RHP Matt Harvey is "at a 10 with being pissed off" about his move to the bullpen, and views it as somewhere he can get his "sh*t" together. 

While he's out there, though -- whether it's short-term or long-term -- will it lead to increased velocity and actual success?

Harvey hasn't been the same since he pitched through Thoracic Outlet syndrome in 2016 (when he couldn't feel his fingers) and returned from surgery for the issue in 2017 -- a return he later said he might have rushed.

Tags: Matt Harvey, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Danny Abriano
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Harvey's move to the bullpen 00:07:13
Mets reporter Steve Gelbs joins Baseball Night in New York to discuss the team's decision to move Matt Harvey to the bullpen.

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | Of all that was said about Matt Harvey over the past week, one quote stuck with me above all others. Here's pitching coach Dave Eiland talking to Matt Ehalt of The Record on Saturday:

"If he wants to be on this team, he has to do what's asked of him to help this team win. If he wants to continue his career, he's going to have to go out and pitch, and pitch well."

If he wants to be on this team?

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Apr 3, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey (33) tries to stay warm prior to the start of the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Apr 3, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey (33) tries to stay warm prior to the start of the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Matt Harvey will be moving to the bullpen, according to Mickey Callaway.

With Jason Vargas' return from the DL imminent, Callaway was faced with a decision on who to drop from the starting rotation. Harvey, after giving up six runs in six innings against the Braves on Thursday night, will be moving to the bullpen. 

"I need to get my s--t together," Harvey said...

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:01:43
Following the New York Mets' win over the Atlanta Braves, Gary Cohen and Ron Darling discuss the clutch hitting of Yoenis Cespedes.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

1) Noah Syndergaard took a no-decision as he allowed three earned runs, on seven hits, while striking out six and walking three over six innings. Thor's seven hits allowed is the most he has let up so far this season.

 

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Yoenis Cespedes
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Mar 1, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (40) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Mar 1, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (40) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Mets LHP Jason Vargas, who has been pitching in simulated and intrasquad games to avoid fielding due to an injury to his right (non-throwing) hand, will pitch and field in a minor league rehab game on Monday, manager Mickey Callaway said.

Vargas struck out 12 batters in six innings of an intrasquad game on Tuesday in Port St. Lucie. 

If Vargas makes just one minor league rehab start, his return to the Mets -- if it's in the starting rotation -- would be April 28 or a bit after. 

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New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler winds up during the first inning of against the Washington Nationals. (AP)
New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler winds up during the first inning of against the Washington Nationals. (AP)

Jason Vargas's progressing recovery from hand surgery this spring had already raised the question of how the team will manage a crowded rotation, but Matt Harvey's struggles as a starter this season have further complicated matters. It seems inevitable that someone will find themselves pitching out of the bullpen by the end of the month, so who is the best fit?

Two weeks ago, the answer would assuredly have been Zack Wheeler. Since the early days of his major league career, many have seen a future reliever in him, perhaps even a closer. Despite strong tools, he's lacked the ability to go deep into games, and to put away batters consistently. He has also battled injuries throughout his career, including an exceptionally long recovery from Tommy John surgery, leading to conjecture that his arm may not be able to handle the work load of a full-time starter.

Even the Mets seemed to have their doubts about Wheeler's future in the rotation, as a shaky spring led to his starting the season in the minor leagues. But his two quality starts since his recall earlier this month have bought him some renewed confidence and certainly another shot to show he can hold up to the trials of a starting pitcher...

Tags: Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, Maggie Wiggin
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What will Mets do with Harvey? 00:03:48
The Daily News Live panel discusses what the Mets should do with a struggling Matt Harvey, and if a move to the bullpen will come soon.

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Matt Harvey has few allies left in the Mets' organization or fan base. He has long since been a divisive figure among teammates, and his new pitching coach seems to have little use for his postgame explanations.

"The game starts in the first inning, not the fourth," Dave Eiland told reporters in Atlanta Thursday night, after Harvey noted that he was at least able save the bullpen after getting bombed early by the Braves. That general sense of exhaustion and skepticism leaves Harvey with little leverage as the Mets consider whether to let him make his next start, as they are currently doing. A front office's job is to zoom out, remove emotion, and make decisions that work for an entire roster...

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New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) throws a pitch against the Washington Nationals during the first inning of baseball game, at Nationals Park, Sunday, April 8, 2018 in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)  (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)
New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) throws a pitch against the Washington Nationals during the first inning of baseball game, at Nationals Park, Sunday, April 8, 2018 in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

We've seen this movie with other pitchers. It begins with potential and helping the team win, but slowly morphs in to a story about one guy, who had success, but is now struggling and only ever speaking about his mechanics, his arm, his velocity, and his health, while limited to only silver linings.

I think of Mike Pelfrey and John Maine, even Pedro Martinez and Johan Santana, all of whom went through a similar cycle, during which each pitcher -- despite previous success -- always ended up spiraling down in to a post-game conversation centered around their personal situation.

The Mets do not need Harvey to be only a pitcher that eats innings and helps save the bullpen from having to pitch starting in the third inning. They are not solely in the business of Matt's personal goals. At 13-5, the Mets are too talented and have too much upside to become the New York Harveys every fifth day...

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New York Mets' Matt Harvey (33) delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies Tuesday, April 3, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Mets' Matt Harvey (33) delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies Tuesday, April 3, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

Former Mets pitcher and SNY analyst Nelson Figueroa is not buying that Matt Harvey had a "breakthrough" while allowing six runs in six innings against the Braves on Thursday night in Atlanta. And with Harvey's rotation spot in jeopardy, Figueroa is not on board with his refusal to discuss any other role but starting pitcher.

"Almost to a fault, they let him be a starting pitcher, even when he was struggling terribly last year," Figueroa said Thursday night on SNY. "Even when he didn't have his best stuff." Regarding the excuses, Figueroa was blunt:

"And we keep hearing, 'I don't have my best stuff, I don't have a feel. I don't have my mechanics.' There's so many little excuses and it's at that point where it's kind of running ragged. I can't really listen to the interviews anymore. And finding positives out of very small, minute things. If I heard that out of Chris Flexen, that my last two innings were pretty good and that's a huge step? Yes, welcome to the big leagues, kid. This is not where Matt Harvey should be thinking and focusing." ......Watch Figueroa's full comments below......

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