Mets RHP Matt Harvey will be tendered a contract after the season, Jon Heyman of FanRag sports reports, citing sources familiar with the situation.
Harvey is eligible for salary arbitration this offseason for a final time, and is eligible for free agency after the 2018 season. He will likely earn close to $6 million next year if offered arbitration.
"At this moment, I favor the idea of him being back," Mets GM Sandy Alderson said about Harvey last Friday.
Alderson added that Harvey is making progress despite the lack of results.
"I do think in this circusmstance, it's obscuring to some extent the progress that he's making," Alderson noted about outside expectations.
Heyman notes some around the Mets have been encouraged by Harvey's recent velocity. His fastball, which has averaged 93.8 MPH this season, has ticked as high as 96 MPH during his starts this month.
Harvey, who has been open about his struggles and not letting frustration take over, allowed three runs on four hits while walking two and striking out two in four innings on Saturday while pitching in releif of Noah Syndergaard.
The 28-year-old Harvey has a 6.60 ERA (6.33 FIP) and 1.66 WHIP with 64 strikeouts in 88 2/3 innings (17 starts, one relief appearance) this season.
"We saw some positive things the other day," Alderson said about Harvey last week. "Hopefully we can build on those. The velocity was a little better, he just needs some confidence and we're going to keep running him out there and see what happens toward the end of the season. But let's not assume the worst."