How will the New York Mets fill Matt Harvey’s Role?

Matt Harvey will undergo season-ending surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome, according to the Mets pitcher's agent. Rich Schultz/Getty Images

The New York Mets received the disappointing news that starting pitcher Matt Harvey will miss the remainder of the season to undergo season-ending surgery to address thoracic outlet syndrome. The Mets now must consider to fill Harvey’s role from within the organization or make a move at the MLB Trade Deadline.

Harvey is obviously disappointed with the news of his health, but realizes this is the best option to repair this issue with his health. Harvey tweeted, “I’m extremely disappointed to learn that I’ll be out for the season, but I’m relieved to have answers and get back to doing what I love.”

Harvey had been struggling the entire season posting the worst statistics of his career. In 17 starts this season, Harvey was 4-10 with a 4.86 ERA. Logan Verret will fill Harvey’s spot in his next start, but the Mets must evaluate the best solution for the rest of the season quickly.

The Mets can hope Verret can fill the role for the rest of the season, but his statistics so far are not very encouraging in his starts. Verret has allowed 14 runs on 18 hits and 11 walks in 11 2/3 innings of work. The Mets are also unsure of when Zach Wheeler will return from Tommy John surgery due to multiple setbacks.

The best option for the Mets to fill Harvey’s role will be through trade. Veteran arms such as Oakland Athletics’ Sonny Gray and Rich Hill, Minnesota Twins’ Ervin Santana and Tampa Bay Rays’ Matt Moore are some names the Mets could consider a trade for.

Even with Harvey’s poor season, he is a big loss and his role must be filled by a quality pitcher if the Mets want to stay in the heat of the playoff race. The Mets will be a team to watch at this July’s MLB Trade Deadline.

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