The Mets and Matt Harvey avoided arbitration on Friday with an agreement on a one-year, $5.625 contract for the 2018 season, a source confirmed to the Daily News.
After a 2017 season marred by injury, a team-mandated suspension and poor pitching when he was on the mound, Harvey will be back for a sixth season in Flushing with a $500,000 raise.
Harvey went 5-7 last season with a career-worst 6.70 ERA in 18 starts, spending two-and-a-half months on the disabled list with a stress injury to his right scapula. The 28-year-old righthander previously had surgery in 2016 for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, which forced him to miss the second half of that season.
Harvey made headlines early last season when GM Sandy Alderson suspended him for three games for conduct detrimental to the team. The former All-Star had failed to report to a game and had reportedly blamed the absence on a migraine. He later apologized to the team and to fans.
Matt Harvey is returning to the Mets for a sixth season in Flushing.
Harvey will enter a star-studded free-agent market after the 2018 season that includes Clayton Kershaw, Manny Machado, and fellow Scott Boras client Bryce Harper.
The Mets still have eight more players who are arbitration eligible ahead of Friday’s 1 p.m. deadline: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Jeurys Familia, Zack Wheeler, Travis d’Arnaud, Wilmer Flores, Hansel Robles and AJ Ramos.
Source: Ny Daily News