The Mets will tender a contract this winter to Matt Harvey, who is eligible for arbitration a final time before becoming a free agent after next season.
"No way," a team official told Newsday's Marc Carig, when asked if Harvey could be non-tendered.
Harvey was charged with five runs in just 3 1/3 innings during a loss Wednesday to the Cubs, after which he appeared distraught and bewildered by his performance.
"It's kind of hard to take any positives out of the last two years," Harvey said after the game. "It's extremely frustrating. ... That's really all you can say about tonight."
The next day, Terry Collins told reporters he respects the passion coming from Harvey, who threw 86 pitches and is scheduled to start next Monday against the Marlins.
"It signals that he is a human being. The Dark Knight is a human being, underneath the mask and the cape and all the other things you guys put on him," Collins said before Thursday's loss to the Cubs. "He's frustrated that he is going through a tough time, and that's exactly what you want a player to do, stand up and be accountable. He didn't make excuses. I admire that."
"The game was easy, he was on the top of the mountain, and now he's got to fight his way back," Collins continued. "It's not an easy chore, it's not an easy task, and when you think you have made strides and find out they are not as big as you had hoped, you get frustrated and that's human nature."
The silver lining to being out of playoff contention, Collins added, is that the Mets can continue to start Harvey every fifth day, let him work on his game and not worry about the standings...
"As ugly as it may seem, one of the bright things we have going for us, we can run him back out there in five days, because if we were in a pennant race we couldn't do it," he concluded.
Matt is going to be hard on himself because that's who Matt is, he has super-high expectations of himself and it's part of what made him so awesome when younger, healthier, and more powerful. The thing is, as I kept saying at the start of the season, Harvey is not 24 years old anymore. He's 28 and has been through two major surgeries, one of which (TOS) has no clear road map for recovery >> Read more from Sept. 14!