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Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reported Monday that the Mets and their former ace do not have any interest in a reunion, saying the “ship appears to have sailed.”
Harvey spent five-plus seasons with the Mets, watching his career trajectory go from future Cy Young winner to one of the worst starters in baseball, largely because of injuries.
The right-hander also played a part in his downfall by alienating teammates, partying and not putting in the work to get better. Harvey acknowledged last year that his experiences with the Mets helped make him a better teammate.
“I wouldn’t say I’m happy for the experiences I’ve gone through, but I think for the rest of my career it’ll better me as a teammate and a player,” Harvey said, per Pedro Gomez of ESPN. “It will definitely help in my workouts and performance. In between starts, it’s definitely lit a fire under my rear end and made me strive to be better.”
Harvey may be a better teammate than he was in the past, but it’s questionable if he still has MLB-caliber skills. He went 3-5 with a 7.09 ERA and 1.54 WHIP last season in 12 starts with the Los Angeles Angels. When he was designated for assignment in July, Harvey had the highest ERA in the American League.