Matt Harvey is heading to another city where he can party to his heart’s content. The pitcher formerly known as the Dark Knight is now an Angel.
Harvey signed a one-year deal for 11 million dollars with L.A. on Tuesday, according to multiple reports, after spending the better part of last season in Cincinnati.
The one-time Mets ace who was seen as the future of the franchise brought some memorable moments to the club, including starting the All-Star game at Citi Field and helping the Mets to the World Series in 2015, where he pitched admirably against the Royals despite lobbying to be left in for the ninth inning of Game 5 and allowing the tying runs. The Mets ultimately lost that game, and the series.
But it was all downhill after that season, with a killer combination of injuries and a penchant for partying derailing his career in Flushing. He was never able to fully get his velocity back after surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome, and some off-field issues hurt just as much. In 2017 he was suspended three games for missing a game because he was out partying too late and too hard. In Los Angeles, there will be just as many opportunities to run into that same kind of trouble.
When he returned to Citi Field this past season as a member of the Reds, Harvey admitted he regretted some of his transgressions.
“People make mistakes and I definitely made a lot of them,” Harvey said. ”I think that goes with the emotions of coming back here. I do remember a lot of cheers and I obviously remember some boos.”
In Cincinnati, Harvey was able to put together some halfway-decent numbers, going 7-7 with a 4.50 ERA in 24 starts. In four starts with the Mets in 2018 he was 0-2 with a 7.00 ERA before new skipper Mickey Callaway relegated him to the bullpen, something that Harvey was publicly displeased with.
The Angels are clearly betting on Harvey being a dependable starter for another year in their underwhelming rotation, though, to go along with Andrew Heany, Tyler Skaggs and two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani when he returns from Tommy John surgery.