Alderson didn't expect Harvey to accept the assignment - Harvey didn't have to, under rules of the collective bargaining agreement - but the general manager was hopeful the right-hander would be willing to work on his mechanical issues after allowing five runs in two innings during Thursday's loss to the Braves.
Matt Harvey got hurt, the magic of 2012 and 2013 disappeared, and all parties involved were ready for this union to end.
He will be designated for assignment Saturday morning, taking him off the major league roster after a almost six seasons in a Mets uniform.
Harvey gave the Mets everything he had when they needed him most.
Harvey was in the final year of his contract.
As Bill wrote earlier this week, this move was a necessary one.
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Harvey, 29, was 0-2 this season with a 7.00 ERA and 1.57 WHIP in 27 innings pitched He was sent to the bullpen after four brutal starts and didn't fare any better. In recent weeks Harvey bristled at his demotion to the bullpen and then froze out the media in response.
Ultimately it's the performance which sunk him. After an incredible rookie campaign and the first half of 2013, he was named the National League's starting pitcher in the All-Star Game. He was still effective at times that season, though his stuff was not as sharp. The seventh went south for him, and the Royals won the Series.
Unfortunately, the Mets could not have handled Harvey's return much worse. Harvey went 4-10 but missed half the season due to thoracic outlet syndrome surgery. In 2015 he posted a 2.71 ERA over more than 180 innings. His fastball velocity is way down, his pitches are all over the strike zone (if they even find it), and his slider has lost all of its bite. Perhaps nobody in the organization's 57 seasons has embodied the full Kübler-Ross model of what it means to be a Met - to promise, to fulfill, to frustrate and, ultimately, to disappoint - quite like Harvey.
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.
I'd like to think that a change of scenery will do him good in that regard, but I think the odds are against us ever seeing him as an effective pitcher again.