Jon Heyman reports that, right as the innings limit controversy was bubbling up at the end of the season, Matt Harvey and his agent, Scott Boras, bought an insurance policy. And not a general one on health or disability like a lot of athletes have. This is specifically for his arm and covers ineffectiveness in addition to injury:
The insurance is a two-tiered type, with a certain payout if there’s a loss of earnings based on a slippage of performance, and a different payout if his promising career ends early.
Smart, I guess. And the fact that it’s being reported at the moment by this person in just this sort of way suggests to me that Scott Boras isn’t keen on the story of the playoffs being that Matt Harvey just sucked it up and decided to do whatever he could to help the team, innings limits be damned.
Specifically, Boras has an interest, even if it’s a well-reasoned one, to make it clear that his client’s workloads are something that need to be managed in a certain way and that he has a voice in that conversation. By letting reporters know that the insurance policy is there, he’s implying “we let this happen, it’s not a matter of the Mets or my client ignoring me.” Heyman’s comment that “the knowledge that he isn’t risking everything might even have given the pitching prodigy a little extra boost psychologically,” sort of underscores that.
In other news, my friend Chris Jaffe, who keeps track of such things, said today that it is exactly 15,000 days since Dr. Frank Jobe performed the first Tommy John surgery.