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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?
Eiland slid that in, but it's a significant phrase. I'm told that the new coaching staff has far less patience for Harvey than the previous regime -- but really, you don't need sources to know that. You simply need eyes and ears.
And why would the new staff have any attachment? Harvey has never helped Eiland or Mickey Callaway reach the World Series, as he did for Terry Collins and Dan Warthen. They have never seen the upside firsthand, save for when Eiland was in the Kansas City Royals dugout in October 2015.
All of this begs the question: Would the Mets cut Harvey in-season to make an example of him, and a point about accountability?
My definite sense is that it's too early to get a serious answer on this. The bullpen experiment hasn't even begun yet. And the Mets have not -- repeat, have not -- discussed designating Harvey for assignment. Yet.
The team would, however, be more than interested in trading Harvey, if he rebuilds any value. At the moment, that seems like wishful thinking, but don't be surprised if the Mets pursue this closer to the trade deadline, even if they are generally acting as buyers.
We've all been assuming that Harvey will sign elsewhere as a free agent this winter (rival evaluators are split about whether he'll get a major league deal). But now it's fair to wonder if the timetable on that divorce will move up.