Matt Harvey's days with the Mets are over | Where will he sign?

The latest came earlier this week when the New York Post reported that he was seen partying in Los Angeles during the Mets' West Coast swing. But it was also "a long time coming", per the team's top decisionmaker, as conveyed by Tim Britton of The Athletic (via Twitter). As recently as 2015, after all, he was considered one of the game's very best starters.

"We thought from our evaluation in spring training that we could get him to where he wanted him to be and we didn't".

Alderson, assistant GM John Ricco, manager Mickey Callaway and pitching coach Dave Eiland met with Harvey at 3:15 p.m. ET Friday and asked him to consider an assignment to the minors.

"It's tough for both of us". The decision was made after Harvey declined to accept a minor-league assignment - as he has the ability to do given his MLB service time.

Here are Harvey's final numbers in a Mets uniform: 34-37, 3.66 ERA, 109 games (104 starts), 612 strikeouts in 639.1 innings pitched. If Harvey is released, a team signing him would owe just a prorated share of the $545,000 minimum.

The 29-year-old right-hander lost his spot in the rotation last month after four starts, and had a 10.50 ERA in four relief appearances. As a player with five years of major league service, he can not be assigned to the minor leagues without his consent. "We tried things. It's more of a feeling that, when your players don't succeed, you feel it". He's a human being, and as I said before, he's a vulnerable, open human being and kind of leaves himself open for those of us who know and he semi-trusts at least.

"Matt's had a lot of ups and downs here - some of the highest ups and the lowest downs". It's just a little more of a bombshell in NY because of the history and the circumstances here.

He started the All-Star Game at Citi Field that July and was 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA when he tore an elbow ligament during a game against Detroit on August 24. Booed as he walked off the mound, Harvey took a seat in the dugout and stared at Citi Field.

"We feel Matt is a starter that needs to work on four pitches, " Boras said.

"Very pleased he is healthy and with more than needed Major League Baseball (velocity)", Boras wrote. Harvey ultimately underwent a procedure to address thoracic outlet syndrome and has dealt with other arm troubles.

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