It seems like it’s just a matter of time now until the New York Mets trade away Matt Harvey, once the crown jewel and future of the organization’s pitching staff.
Speaking to the media on Tuesday evening, general manager Sandy Alderson summed up the team’s exasperation when it comes to the 29-year-old, who was seen at a party in Los Angeles a night before a shaky outing against the San Diego Padres.
“Usually I get upset if a report is unexpected,” Alderson said when asked if he was surprised by Harvey’s decision to do some partying. “So I guess the short answer is no.”
Even one Mets voiced his frustration to Mike Puma of the New York Post.
“It’s just, what are you doing?” he asked.
This is just the latest entry in a laundry list of questionable behavior over the past five years, which frankly wouldn’t be as big a problem if he were a productive pitcher.
However, Harvey has lost his place in the Mets rotation this season and has looked less-than-convincing out of the bullpen. In seven appearances (four starts), he’s 0-2 with a 5.76 ERA as he continues to be a shell of the pitcher that once dazzled the league during his rookie season in 2013.
That was before the Tommy John Surgery and the Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, which would normally make many Mets fans sympathize with the pitcher’s run of bad luck.
However, Harvey’s immaturity, whether it’s feuding with the organization over innings limits, partying or shutting out the New York media, has taken its toll on the Mets and their relationship with their troubled starter.
With his contract up at the end of the year, there is little to no chance that Alderson would make an attempt to bring Harvey back. He simply cannot handle Queens and is desperate for a fresh start elsewhere. That much is true.
What isn’t known is when the Mets will start seriously dangling Harvey on the trade market, if they haven’t already.
Logically thinking though, Harvey’s value on the market at the moment is extremely low, if not worthless. Sure, there might be a team out there desperate for pitching who believe that taking him out of New York can help fix him, but it’s likely that they wouldn’t be willing to part with much in order to get him.
That’s why Harvey has remained in the big leagues as a reliever. If he’s able to put together a string of successful outings, his value would rise possibly just enough in order for the Mets to swing something for him before the trade deadline. But there’s no use in waiting until the end of July to start talking to teams because if Alderson sees a legitimate out at some point over the next month or so, he should take it.