Mets to designate former All-Star Matt Harvey for assignment

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Whether by way of trade, claim, or signing, it's possible to imagine plenty of other organizations weighing a crack at getting Harvey back to being a useful pitcher - if not something approaching his former glory. They must either trade or release him. But it was also "a long time coming", per the team's top decisionmaker, as conveyed by Tim Britton of The Athletic (via Twitter).

When Harvey declined the request, it was an easy decision for the Mets to designate the 29-year-old for assignment.

With AP Photos.Matt Harvey has been formally designated for assignment by the New York Mets, who replaced him on the pitching staff by recalling reliever Hansel Robles from Triple-A Las Vegas.

"We thought, from our evaluation in spring training, we could get him to where we wanted him to be and we didn't", Callaway said.

After being an All-Star in 2013, the future looked bright for Harvey.

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"We're very pleased Matt is healthy and with more-than-needed Major League Baseball velo".

Selected by the Mets with the seventh overall pick in the 2010 amateur draft, Harvey made his big league debut in July 2012 and became a major sports figure in NY - both at the ballpark and at Manhattan night spots. The move to the bullpen was dramatic in itself. But Harvey's comeback will have to take place somewhere other than Citi Field. "We tried things. It's more of a feeling that, when your players don't succeed, you feel it". They called him up in July 2012, and less than a year later, he started the All-Star Game in NY. That led to Tommy John surgery on October 22.

"We have a lot of clay to work with to build the starter sculpture", Boras said. Last season, he was 5-7 with a career-worst 6.70 ERA, and missed 2 1/2 months with a stress fracture in his scapula. In 65 starts between 2012 and 2015, on both sides of a 2014 season lost to Tommy John surgery, he worked to a 2.53 ERA in 427 innings. He drew a three-game suspension last season after he failed to show up for a game.

Asked earlier this week about reports that Harvey had been partying in Los Angeles the night before a start in San Diego, Alderson simply remarked that he wasn't surprised in the slightest. "So I guess the short answer is no".