Less than 48 hours after rumors spread that the Mets were talking to teams about trading Matt Harvey, the idea was squashed by the general manager.
At day 2 of the Winter Meetings in Orlando, Florida, Sandy Alderson told reporters that the hypothetical idea of trading Matt Harvey was probably not going to transpire.
The reason for the decision? Well, it turns out the Mets’ new coaching staff wants a crack at the man of mystery in 2018.
The fact that Callaway and Eiland want Harvey to stay is huge. Not only does it show that they have some ideas as to what to do to help Matt regain some type of ability next season, but it also will serve as a little ego boost for the former Dark Knight.
Harvey needs to reshape everything about his pitching. From his actual stuff to his attitude, he’s going to need to be guided into a new style of pitching, and he’s going to have two of the best in the business helping him out.
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I made the argument on Monday that trading Harvey at this point would be stupid, and thankfully it looks like some within the organization agree.
It’s also great to see Alderson taking what his coaches are saying to heart. It’s not every day you see a GM not only take input from his coaching staff, but also share publicly that it’s influenced his decision-making process.
Deciding what to do with Harvey will definitely be a challenge in 2018. If he’s successful, the Mets may want to trade him while he has some value if they have zero intent on making a run for him in the next offseason.
If he struggles again, the decision to keep him around will undoubtedly be questioned, and the return on any potential trade could be lower than what it could be now even. That’s the gamble you take though. Hopefully it ends up paying well for the Mets.