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Matt Harvey Open to Long-Term Extension With Mets

AP

Just four days ago, Mets star Jacob deGrom had this to say about a possible contract extension with the Mets:

“I’m a little bit older so I might be more willing to do something like that,’’ deGrom toldThe New York Post at Mets pre-camp. “You just have to look at what is fair so both sides get a decent deal. It’s something I’d have to look into and make sure I agree with it.’’

Now, his rotation counterpart Matt Harvey is also open to an extension with the Mets, according to Marc Craig of Newsday:

“I think whatever comes up is going to come up,” Harvey said. “I think I’ve never shied away from it, I’ve never said I wouldn’t consider it.”

Harvey will head to the final stage of arbitration in 2018, so the Mets may want to cover his final two arbitration years before giving out the extension that will cover 2018 and beyond.

Harvey went 13-8 with a 2.71 earned run average and 188 strikeouts over 189.1 innings of work in 2015. If you add together his postseason innings, Harvey went over 200 innings for the first time in his career, which was surprising to see, because Harvey was coming off of Tommy John surgery.

Forget the surgery, because Harvey felt great last season:

“It feels great,” said Harvey, who arrived here a few days before the start of workouts. “We did everything we possible could to manage going into the season. I felt great going into last year. But obviously this year, it’s nice knowing that [I had] a full season. Going into a fresh season, it’s nice, it feels great.”

The Mets have formed baseball’s best rotation, and keeping Matt Harvey around would be very smart for the foreseeable future.

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