New York Mets Designate Former UNC Star Matt Harvey for Assignment

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The New York Mets are cutting ties with pitcher Matt Harvey, designating him for assignment after he refused a demotion to the minor league.

Alas, the peak of Harvey's popularity and effectiveness would come sooner rather than later. "This was a long time coming".

Once a highly-touted prospect, Harvey broke out in 2013, with a 2.27 ERA and 191 strikeouts over 178 innings.

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Take the decline and add in Harvey's presence in the NY tabloids - be it for missing a game or, most recently, being spotted partying in Los Angeles - and his image as an underachiever is complete. The move to the bullpen was dramatic in itself.

Starting Sunday, the Mets will have a seven-day window to try to trade the right-hander, who has undergone both Tommy John surgery and a procedure to address thoracic outlet syndrome. "We're going to miss him, in many ways".

Harvey, who was one of the National League's best pitchers through three seasons, has suffered a major drop-off over the last three years while dealing with various injuries.

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Mental makeup issues will dominate the Matt Harvey story, but poor health led him where he is today. The 29-year-old has made four relief appearances since being removed from the rotation after his April 19 start against the Atlanta Braves. In eight appearances this season (four of them starts) he allowed 33 hits and 21 runs (7.00 ERA) across 27 innings. We feel like we failed Matt Harvey. "Our job is to help every player in there, and it's not a good feeling when you can't". Everything since then has been bad news for Harvey. He was nicknamed the Dark Knight of Gotham after Sports Illustrated called him that in a cover story in May 2013.

It was a roller coaster of a ride for Harvey during his six big league seasons with the team. It all started in Game 5 of the 2015 World Series when he forced his way back on the field and accelerated from there.

"We have a lot of clay to work with to build the starter sculpture", Boras said.

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