Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Baseball Notebook: Harvey Likes Future with Mets

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Baseball Notebook: Harvey Likes Future with Mets

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Harvey wouldn't mind lengthy deal with Mets

Matt Harvey appears open to considering a long-term contract with the New York Mets.

"I think whatever comes up is going to come up," Harvey said Monday from Port St. Lucie, Fla., two days before Mets pitchers and catchers are due to report for spring training. "I've never shied away from it. I've never said I wouldn't consider it. But I haven't heard anything considering that."

After helping the Mets reach the World Series for the first time since 2000, the righthander, 26, was eligible for salary arbitration for the first time and agreed to a one-year deal for $4,325,000. He is eligible for free agency after the 2018 season, and his agent, Scott Boras, usually prefers his clients test the market.

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson says he would consider talking about long-term deals with his talented young starting pitchers if there was mutual interest. Jacob deGrom could become a free agent following the 2020 season, and Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz after the 2021 season. Zack Wheeler, projected back this summer following Tommy John surgery, could become a free agent following the 2019 season.

Harvey was 13-8 with a 2.71 ERA and 188 strikeouts in 189 1/3 innings last year after returning from Tommy John surgery. He went 2- 0 with a 3.04 ERA in four postseason starts.

Braun may move back to left field * Having traded Khris Davis to Oakland, the Milwaukee Brewers are discussing whether it makes sense to move Ryan Braun back to left field and install strong-armed newcomer Domingo Santana in right field.

"That could be a possibility," general manager David Stearns said Monday. "We're still discussing our various options."

Wanting to get Davis' power bat into the regular lineup after a strong two-month debut in 2013, the Brewers moved Braun from left field to right field before the 2014 season. Davis did not have a strong throwing arm and it was decided it made more sense to play him in left and Braun in right, where a good arm is more valuable.

Now that Davis has been traded, it probably would make for a stronger defensive outfield to move Braun back to left and put Santana in right. …

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