Mets GM Sandy Alderson suggested on Tuesday that the team will not be trading RHP Matt Harvey, who has been the subject of rumors at the Winter Meetings.
"All I'm weighing right now are the opinions of (manager) Mickey Callaway and (pitching coach) Dave Eiland," Alderson said. "And they don't want to lose him."
Alderson's tune had been different on Monday when asked about Harvey.
"We have high expectations for Matt this season," Alderson said. "But the bottom line is, we're here to talk to people. So we're talking."
Former Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen -- now an assistant pitching coach for the Rangers -- has told "at least two teams" that it would be smart to take a gamble on Harvey, reported Kristie Ackert of the NY Daily News.
A trade that would send Harvey to the Rangers for INF/OF Jurickson Profar was discussed on Monday, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported, though it didn't seem to have legs.
The Mets had also reportedly been open to the idea of dealing Harvey for a reliever, which you can read more about here.
The 28-year-old Harvey, who missed a large chunk of 2016 due to Thoracic Outlet surgery and missed significant time last season due to a scapula injury, had a 6.70 ERA and 1.69 WHIP with just 67 strikeouts in 92 2/3 innings for the Mets in 2017.
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The idea that the Mets would trade Harvey now, when their starting pitching is full of question marks -- and they're not looking for another starter -- in part because (as Sandy Alderson said Sunday) they're not going to jump into the 'inferno' of the free agent relief market, seemed ridiculous.
The Mets recently tendered Harvey a contract, and he's expected to make a bit less than $6 million in 2018. The hope from Harvey, his agent, and his teammates, is that he can start to return to form now that he'll be nearly two years removed from Thoracic Outlet surgery.
SNY's Ron Darling believes Harvey's "power and precision" will return in 2018, his teammates have faith in him, and he'll be doing everything he can to perform well this coming season as he prepares for free agency.
For all the hand-wringing over Harvey, he was one of the best pitchers in baseball in 2012, 2013, and 2015 (missing 2014 due to Tommy John surgery). Harvey struggled mightily while pitching hurt in 2016, and struggled even more in 2017 while attempting to return from Thoracic Outlet surgery and also dealing with a scapula injury.
No matter where you stand on Harvey, running the gamut from 'he's finished' to 'he'll be the Dark Knight again,' trading him at his lowest value shouldn't even be a consideration.
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