We'll always have the memories of Matt Harvey shaving with his shirt open.
The New York Mets are cutting ties with former ace Matt Harvey.
Harvey joined the Mets with plenty of fanfare, and delivered, pitching to a sparkling 2.53 ERA from 2012-2015, while sitting out all of 2014 recovering from Tommy John surgery. He was 4-10 with a 4.86 ERA in 2016, a season that end prematurely when Harvey needed to undergo surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome.
But as Mets starters Jacob DeGrom and Noah Syndergaard emerged as top pitchers, Harvey fell off, and the Mets' trio hasn't become the dominant force many hoped or expected.
New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson announced Friday the pitcher had been designated for assignment after he decided going to the minor leagues wasn't for him, per ESPN's Jerry Crasnick. As far as the boos go, the Mets aren't doing Harvey any favors. NY has seven days to trade or release Harvey. When Harvey wasn't posing for ESPN The Magazine's the Body Issue or dating a Russian supermodel, he was sitting on Jimmy Fallon's couch or roaming the city for hours on end to indulge his fascination for all things NY. The 29-year-old has made four relief appearances since being removed from the rotation after his April 19 start against the Atlanta Braves. This is not someone who hasn't pitched well recently. Harvey, 29, was the seventh overall pick in the 2010 Major League Baseball draft out of the University of North Carolina.
Mets' Matt Harvey Designated For Assignment After Refusing Minor League Stint
The Yankees remain confident they will have options to go to in the minor leagues at some point this season, whether it's Justus Sheffield, who was just promoted to Triple-A, or Sunday's scheduled starter, Domingo German, among others. "I think our job is to help every player, and it's not a good feeling when you can't".
Harvey has not looked the same since the end of the 2015 World Series.
Last season, Harvey was suspended for three games after he did not show up for a game at Citi Field. He missed two months of 2017 with a right shoulder injury and finished the year 5-7.
The New York Post reported this week that Harvey was out partying in Los Angeles the night before pitching in San Diego last weekend.
"I really like Matt", Alderson said during a press conference Friday.