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The Yankees have made their first splash of the offseason by acquiring the Big Maple, James Paxton, from the Seattle Mariners. Fresh off his second-consecutive season at the top of the Mariner’s rotation, Paxton did not come cheap as the Yankees traded away their top prospect, Justus Sheffield, along with breakout prospects Erik Swanson and Dominic Thompson-Williams.

Matt Harvey is the Dark Knight the Bronx DOES NOT need


When Matt Harvey made his debut for the Mets in 2012 fans around the game were in awe. His strong powerful frame and blazing fastball made the young right hander seem untouchable at times. Harvey, a Connecticut native, grew up a Yankees fan so it didn’t take long for fans of the team in the Bronx to covet the Queens’ new star. The goal was to wait until Harvey was a free agent and steal him away for the Metropolitans in another move to cement the Yankees dominance over their crosstown foes. 
 
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Harvey was an all-star in 2013 and dubbed the “Dark Knight” as he would be the savior the Mets desperately needed. He along with Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom would take people back to the glory of the ‘69 and ’86 Mets, and would be “amazin” again. Bad news struck in 2014 when Harvey underwent Tommy John surgery and missed the entire season but came back strong in 2015 winning comeback player of the year and helping the Mets make it to their first World Series since 2000 (we all know how that ended). 

Ever since 2015 Harvey has been a shell of himself. Since 2016 his record stands at 9-19 and ERA has ballooned. He is no longer the Dark Knight. If anything, he’s Batman’s cousin who eats paint chips and does Pilates in the forest. Harvey and the Mets have had a strained relationship for the past few seasons, and finally on Friday afternoon, the Mets parted ways with their one time savior. Harvey was designated for assignment after refusing to go down to the minors. 

The Yankees could now get Harvey for cheap and acquire the man who grew up loving them, but this is not the Matt Harvey the fans pined over when he first came up. The dominant flame thrower is long gone and what’s left is an out of shape pitcher with a bad arm and poor attitude. Jordan Montgomery’s injury would make the Yankees a plausible landing spot but Luis Cessa, Domingo German or AJ Cole are far better options than Harvey who would probably not mesh well in the team first Yankee clubhouse. 

The Yankees have long been drawn to star players with big names but all Matt Harvey is anymore is just a name, he’s no longer a star and not what this team needs. When it comes to the Dark Knight Brian Cashman ought to say no, unless it involves Christian Bale throwing out the first pitch one night

Article by Fave Ruggiero 

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