Mets' Matt Harvey receives slight raise after rocky 2017 season

Matt Harvey will receive only a minor raise in 2018 after a forgetful 2017 campaign with the righty agreeing to a deal worth $5.625 million, a source confirmed Friday morning.

Harvey, who is arbitration-eligible for the last time and is entering the final season of his contract, will earn only $500,000 more than he did in 2017.

It had once been expected that Harvey would be a strain on the Mets‘ budget in the final years of his contract, but he has struggled the past two seasons. He went 5-7 with a 6.70 ERA last season, and made just 19 starts due to a stress injury to his right scapula.

Harvey also received a suspension without pay after failing to show up for a game against the Miami Marlins on a day he was not scheduled to pitch. 

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While teams were interested in Harvey this offseason, the Mets decided to keep him after manager Mickey Callaway and pitching coach Dave Eiland vouched for him. The team hopes Harvey will be motivated and healthy in the final year of his deal.

Harvey is only the second Mets player to avoid arbitration with suspended reliever Jenrry Mejia previously agreeing to a deal worth $1.729 million The Mets will not have to pay Mejia in 2018 unless he is reinstated after being banned from MLB.

Mets who have yet to agree to terms on a deal for 2018 include Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, AJ Ramos and Jeurys Familia, among others. The Mets avoided arbitration with all their arbitration-eligible players except for Wilmer Flores last year, and the infielder defeated them in their first arbitration case since 2008.

Check back with NorthJersey later as more players agree to terms.

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