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Mets Demote Struggling Matt Harvey To Bullpen

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After a rough start to the season in the rotation, the New York Mets have demoted right-hander Matt Harvey to the bullpen.

Harvey started the season strong, pitching five shutout innings in his first start on April 3; however, he’s allowed 14 earned runs across 16 innings in his last three starts for an ERA of 7.88. Overall, Harvey’s 0-2 with a 6.00 ERA.

Left-hander Jason Vargas will reportedly take Harvey’s spot in the rotation. Vargas, who hasn’t pitched yet this season due to recovering from a hand injury suffered in Spring Training, is expected to make a rehab start on Sunday before rejoining the rotation next weekend.

Harvey will be available out of the bullpen starting on Tuesday against the St. Louis Cardinals.

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Phillies Sign Aaron Nola to Contract Extension

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The Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to a long-term contract extension with right hander Aaron Nola.

The new deal is four-years and $45 million and includes a club option as well as a $2 million signing bonus.

Nola, 25, pitched to the tune of a 2.37 ERA last season.

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Bryce Harper Not Interest in Short Team Deal

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When it comes to the market for free agent superstar Bryce Harper, teams won’t be able to bring him in on a short-term, lucrative contract.

Harper isn’t interested.

According to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, Harper is not “even considering” a short-term deal, even as the market for he and Manny Machado continues to stay in a holding pattern.

There has been chatter that neither superstar will fetch the $300 million deals that they had been seeking.

According to USA Today’s Bob Nigtengale, the San Francisco Giants have plans on offering “a lucrative short-term deal” but did not want “to provide a long-term contract approaching the 10-year, $300 million contract Harper rejected from the Washington Nationals in September.”

Harper has been linked to a number of teams, so it’s unclear where he will land, and he still could return to the Washington Nationals.

However, I think that the New York Yankees, despite their public comments otherwise, may come in during the final minutes to scoop up Harper.

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Mets’ Jacob deGrom Puts Deadline on Contract Talks

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New York Mets ace and reigning National League Cy Young award winner Jacob deGrom is putting pressure on the organization when it comes to hammering out a new deal.

deGrom is set to hit free agency following the 2020 season and the 30-year old wants to lock in a new, long-term contract, and isn’t waiting around too long to get it.

According to the New York Post’s Mike Puma, deGrom and his reps have informed team officials he will not negotiate a new deal during the season and have set a deadline to complete a deal by Opening Day.

The clock is ticking.

Per the report, deGrom seeks a contract that would buy out his remaining arbitration year and extend his agreement with the club long term.

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