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Mets plan to tender Matt Harvey

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The Mets are planning to tender Matt Harvey a contract for next season, sources told Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

This comes four days after Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told reporters that he likes “the idea of him being back” in 2018. The 28-year-old Harvey is eligible for arbitration and is expected to make a little more than the $5.12 million salary he has this season.

An All-Star in 2013 who helped the Mets reach the 2015 World Series, Harvey has not pitched at an elite level since then. Last year, he went 4-10 with a 4.86 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP in 17 starts before being shut down to because he had Thoracic Outlet Syndrome.

This year, he is 5-6 with a 6.60 ERA in 17 starts and one relief appearance this season. Since returning from the DL in early September from a stress injury to the scapula bone in his right shoulder, Harvey has posted an 11.78 ERA.

Despite Harvey’s struggles, Heyman reports that those in the Mets organization believe Harvey will be a bargain pitcher who can pitch well enough to complement Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard when they are all healthy in 2018. With this thought, Heyman says the Mets may look for a big reliever in the winter to add to their bullpen. The Mets have two relievers who can close in Jeurys Familia and A.J. Ramos, but Heyman says the Mets feel they need to improve in that area after it had underperformed mightily during their 68-90 season.