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Monday, September 07, 2015

Kahrl: For Matt Harvey, October innings might last a lifetime

Kahrl suggests a way out of this mess.

Does that put him in danger? Yes and no. Pitching always puts a pitcher at risk. But an arm is not a gas tank, so let’s remember he isn’t gassed or running on empty. For that, you should credit the Mets for the care they have exercised in managing his workload this season. The Mets haven’t had him pitch on four days’ rest in consecutive turns since May. While he’s slightly better than the MLB average in pitches per batter faced (3.73 vs. 3.79), he’s averaging less than 100 pitches per start on the year and exactly 100 per start since the break. That care has paid off: He has easily been the Mets’ best starter since the break with a staff-best 1.67 ERA in eight starts.

That care seems to have created very little trust about what might happen going forward. Of course, on the team’s side of things, there’s an easy fix: Their shot at winning it all being so valuable, why not make Harvey an offer before he has to go through the unpleasantness of arbitration for the first time this winter? Just offer to buy out his arbitration years at the very least, perhaps more, Boras willing. Put enough money in Harvey’s pocket to protect against the risk to instead encourage him to embrace the possibilities of the present. Harvey’s already 26 years old, and he won’t reach free agency until after the 2018 season. His big shot at major money in the market is so far off that he’s reasonably concerned. Management’s responsibility to him? Allay those concerns.

JE (Jason) Posted: September 07, 2015 at 06:29 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: arbitration, innings limit, matt harvey, mets

Brewers shut down Matt Garza, and he’s not happy

Clearly someone isn’t a Boras client ...

Manager Craig Counsell said ... that Garza was being removed from the rotation so that the team could look at some of its younger pitchers the rest of the season.

Garza was livid when asked about the move.

“It’s (expletive),” he said. “It’s not my decision. I didn’t get much say. It’s completely taken out of my hands. That’s it. I didn’t have any say at all.


“They do things differently here, I don’t know. But I’ll be here for the next two-three years, so it is what it is.”

Friday, September 04, 2015

Deadspin: Boras wants Harvey shut down after 180 IP

Boras wants to Strasburg Harvey.

Heyman’s latest article details the dispute that has arisen between Alderson and Boras over the health of Matt Harvey, who is anchoring a near-immortal Mets rotation and also happens to be one of Boras’s biggest clients. The two are at loggerheads over the number of innings Harvey has pitched. Boras believes his client, who is in the midst of his first full season since undergoing Tommy John surgery, needs to be shut down once he pitches 180 innings, for the sake of his future health. Alderson would obviously like to have one of his best pitchers available for what could be a deep Mets playoff run. Harvey has so far pitched 166 innings this year. You can see the problem.




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