Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson asked Harvey if he'd accept a minor league assignment, according to James Wagner of the New York Times.

The Mets are set to designate Harvey for assignment this weekend, a move that paves the way for NY to cut or trade the 29 year-old right hander. He will now go through the waivers process, and if he should clear, it would give the Mets the choice to either trade or, more likely, release Harvey.

"My guess", Alderson said", is that there are people out there who are willing to take a shot on Matt Harvey". But because he had been in the major leagues five years, Harvey was allowed to decline given league rules. "This is a very unfortunate, hard conclusion".

This brings to an end one of the most compelling, and complex, chapters in franchise history, with Harvey transforming from savior to malcontent as he lost the zip on his once-dominating fastball.

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Indeed, Alderson's sober press conference Friday seemed an altogether unfitting capstone to Harvey's Mets career, which had. "Our job is to help every player in there, and it's not a good feeling when you can't". He underwent Tommy John surgery late in 2013, costing him the entire 2014 season. He was nicknamed the Dark Knight of Gotham after Sports Illustrated called him that in a cover story in May 2013.

The right-hander has been the subject of criticism in recent days after he was spotted partying in Los Angeles on Thursday night before the Mets played the Padres in San Diego.

Harvey returned in 2015 and went 13-8 with a 2.27 ERA as the Mets reached the World Series for the first time since 2000. But he slumped the following year and had surgery to correct Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. He missed two months of 2017 with a right shoulder injury and finished the year 5-7. He drew a three-game suspension last season after he failed to show up for a game. "Going down there and being able to see how guys get ready", he told reporters.


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