Top 29 Possible Trade Destinations for the Mets’ Matt Harvey
Matt Harvey has not been very good lately. More than that, he hasn’t been well behaved and was recently suspended 3 days for a slightly shady and very vague ‘violation of team rules.’ In short, things aren’t going well for Harvey nor the trainwreck Mets and this has led to lots of speculation about possible Matt Harvey trade destinations if the Mets wanted to move their disgruntled and apparently not-too-well-liked semi-star.
I don’t know the details of the reasons behind Harvey’s recent suspension but I do know this: the Mets are and have been a mess both on and off the field and there’s a very good chance that that dysfunction has at least influenced Harvey’s behavior. You don’t hear about this type of disciplinary problems with the Cardinals or the Giants. I’d wager that the reason isn’t just that the Cards and Giants don’t have Matt Harvey. There are institutional norms that most teams have down pat, but that the Mets struggle with (and have for years as anyone old enough to remember the great Noah Syndergaard sandwich incident of 2015 can attest).
Matt Harvey isn’t a ‘character worry’ guy. He’s a little immature, a little irresponsible, a little over his head in a big city that previously worshiped him, and very in need of a stable environment.
Speaking of instability, let’s get to his on-field issues, which are much more worrying. I wrote recently about the way that the Mets have jerked Harvey around, despite the fact that he’s recovering from a second major surgery and should be handled with white gloves. It’s ridiculous and, thanks to a suspension that started on a day he was supposed to pitch, his most recent bad start in Milwaukee was another outing made on irregular and unpredictable rest.
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