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The former Mets ace has been DFA’d, but that doesn’t mean that the Red Sox need to pursue the troubled starter.
Matt Harvey is a perfect case of injuries derailing a young, promising career.
The “Dark Knight,” as Mets fans affectionately knew him as, was everything the New York Mets could’ve hoped for in a young prospect. The young ace had the triple digit fastball, electric offspeed, and the personality to flourish under the spotlights of the Big Apple.
Harvey broke into the big leagues in 2012 with a 2.73 ERA. After the loud introduction, the righty followed up that campaign with an All Star appearance in 2013 – boasting a 2.27 ERA over 178 innings – a performance that may have earned him a Cy Young in many seasons.
The injuries then began.
Matt Harvey fell victim to the Tommy John epidemic which forced him to miss the entire 2014 season. The relatively high success rate was seen through Harvey’s rehab as he successfully made his way back to New York and was deemed the National League Comeback Pitcher of the Year in ’15. Through his success, the Mets made it to the World Series, only to fall short against the Kansas City Royals.
Enter major injury number two.
Harvey underwent surgery to repair thoracic outlet syndrome. Yes, the same surgery that Tyler Thornburg is rehabbing from. This surgery has a low success rate in pitchers due to the invasive method of decompressing the area.
Once again, the Dark Knight rose on his way back to New York, but dealt with heavy struggles. The ERA raised over the following seasons from 4.86, to 6.70, and then to 7.00. The struggles paired with off the field issues led to the Mets dismissing the has-been pitcher from the big league roster.
Red Sox Building Culture
Under new manager Alex Cora, the Red Sox have clearly improved on internal affairs and Harvey would not gel with the current culture that is being built.
At the current moment, Harvey was unhappy with his performance and demotion to the bullpen. The Red Sox rotation is currently solidified with Sale / Price / Porcello / Pomeranz / ERod with Brian Johnson, Jalen Beeks, Steven Wright, and Hector Velazquez being seen as valuable depth.
Matt Harvey has been seen partying throughout the week, which has largely been seen as a distraction. The Red Sox own a relatively young clubhouse and don’t need a selfish influence to infiltrate that culture.
Though the Sox would be able to acquire Harvey’s services at a relatively inexpensive rate, his agent is Scott Boras. If the experiment was successful, the Red Sox would be hard pressed to get a team-friendly deal done with two greedy individuals.
Harvey is talented – that is not the question – but the injury risk and negative personality is not the risk, or reward, of the Dark Knight coming to Boston.