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Matt Harvey open to long-term extension with New York Mets

By The Sports Xchange   |   Feb. 16, 2016 at 12:43 AM
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Right-hander Matt Harvey has not ruled out a long-term extension with the New York Mets.

Harvey, who avoided arbitration with the Mets last month by agreeing to a one-year, $4.325 million deal, arrived at spring training camp in Port St. Lucie, Fla., on Monday a few days before the start of workouts.

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"I think whatever comes up is going to come up," Harvey told ESPN.com. "I've never shied away from it. I've never said I wouldn't consider it. But I haven't heard anything considering that."

Harvey isn't eligible for free agency until after the 2018 season and general manager Sandy Alderson has indicated extension talks could come up during spring training if mutual interest existed.

Harvey, who turns 27 next month, made $614,125 in 2015 when he went 13-8 with a 2.71 ERA over 189 1/3 innings in 29 starts -- his first season back from Tommy John surgery.

Harvey, who helped the Mets reach the World Series, was 2-0 with a 3.04 ERA over 26 2/3 innings in four starts in the postseason.

Counting the postseason, Harvey pitched 216 innings despite Harvey's agent, Scott Boras, having a public beef with the Mets about overextending Harvey in his return to the mound after elbow surgery on Oct. 22, 2013.

"It's obviously the first time I've ever done that. That's kind of a milestone you want to reach as a starting pitcher is the 200-inning mark," Harvey said.

"But my body feels great. My arm feels great. I think all of us, as a staff and as a whole organization, feel great about this year."

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