Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson asked Harvey if he’d accept a minor league assignment, according to James Wagner of the New York Times. Harvey declined, leaving Alderson only one option to offload the pitcher he owes $5.6 million this season.
Harvey has a 6.77 ERA in 119 2/3 innings combined between this year and last.
Opposing batters are hitting .303 against him this season.
Harvey broke into the Majors in 2012 and quickly became one of the league’s top pitchers, earning the nickname the “Dark Knight” and gracing the cover of Sports Illustrated in 2013, when he was an all-star and finished fourth in Cy Young Award voting. In his first three seasons, he was 25-18 in 65 starts, with a 2.53 ERA.
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.