Upon arriving at camp on Monday, Matt Harvey was asked whether he would sign a long-term extension with the New York Mets. Harvey, who is one of the many Mets' many aces, was non-committal saying "whatever comes up is going to come up. I've never shied away from it. I've never said I wouldn't consider it."
With a rotation that includes Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Bartolo Colon, and could include ZackWheeler as soon as July 1, it seemed like the Mets could afford to deal from strength in order to improve their batting lineup.
This will be the second consecutive season that people have expected the Mets and Sandy Alderson to make a deal from their pitching depth though, and after an injury to Wheeler tested their depth early, not making a move seemed like the right idea in retrospect.
Harvey is only two seasons removed from posting an absolutely sterling 2.00 FIP. That's the fourth-best mark of the past 25 years, and is only bested by Pedro Martinez (1999) and Clayton Kershaw (2014, 2015).
If the Mets were looking to extend Harvey they have plenty of time to do so. Harvey is under team control for the next three seasons. Buying out the remaining arbitration years may be a realistic expectation, but heading into the season the Mets and their Scott Boras client likely won't discuss contract until November.
Besides, Harvey being open to a long-term extension is to-be-expected. Boras said "there is no reason to be dismissive of a potential contract extension for Harvey before knowing what is being offered." While Harvey seems receptive to the idea, this seems to be a long way from meaningful contract discussion.