For the second time in two weeks, a team official told Newsday's Marc Carig that Matt Harvey will be back next season, despite speculation he could be non-tendered this fall.
Harvey was dejected after giving up seven runs in four-plus innings during Monday's 13-1 loss to the Marlins in Miami.
He is 1-3 with a 13.19 ERA in four starts since returning from a scapula injury.
"Everybody's watching. I don't really know what there is to say except for there is nothing to say," Harvey said. "It's terrible. It's not fun. There's really nothing to say. There's no reason for questions. There's no answers. There really isn't."
After giving up seven runs, 12 hits and two walks, Harvey fell to 5-6 and raised his ERA to 6.59.
"When he was on top of his game, he had three swing-and-miss pitches," manager Terry Collins added. "Right now, he doesn't have that."
Harvey hasn't pitched beyond the fifth inning since May. He has allowed at least four runs in five of his last seven starts dating back to June.
"You have to keep pushing and go back out there and do everything you can to be better," Harvey concluded, staring down at the ground. "Obviously, if that's not working, then you have to figure something else out."
Matthew Cerrone (Twitter | Instagram | About Me): It's the same story for Matt, which is that he simply doesn't have the necessary tools to go at batters in the manner that he's trying to get outs. In time, he may. Or, he may not. That has yet to be determined, because he's still essentially working his way back from surgery to correct Thoracic Outlet Syndrome.
In other words, Harvey should be bummed out, lost, and questioning his career right now, especially since he's grinding through this on stage, under scrutiny. I mean, he's given up 21 runs in 14 innings since his his return from the DL. It's a totally normal response, especially immediately after the game. The key is that he remains patient and keeps working.
The man has been through two major surgeries, one of which forced him to question whether he'd ever throw a baseball again, let alone return to being an All Star. I'm sure a few days after each start he is more rational and understands where he's at in his rehab and career. But, less than an hour after getting shelled and looking like a fool, I can't say I blame him for being speechless, bewildered, and feeling embarrassed and scared about his situation...
For the Mets, I'm not sure how this will impact their view of his talent and value.
Sep 13, 2017; Harvey (33) leaves the game at Wrigley Field. Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
He will be eligible for arbitration a final time this winter before becoming a free agent after next season. Carig's sources keep saying Harvey will be back next season, which makes sense. The caveat being that if (based on data, performance, medical exams, etc.) the Mets convince themselves that he is totally incapable of being worth the money he'll likely need to be paid in 2018, when do they consider cutting him loose and using that money in a better way...
The fact is that he's untradeable right now because no team will give anything of value to take on his arm and emotions. Therefore, in exchange for one year and roughly $8 million, is Harvey capable of being a fourth or fifth starter for the Mets?
If he is, the Mets should tender him a contract, knowing a better performance will be icing on the cake. If they don't believe he'll be worth it, they should cut bait soon (regardless of the sunk cost) and use that money for as close to an every-fifth-day starter as they can find.