Matt Harvey would be open to a contract extension with the Mets

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Just as rotation-mate Jacob deGrom did last week, Matt Harvey said today that he’d be open to signing a long-term contract extension with the Mets.

Upon arriving at Mets spring training camp Harvey told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York:

I think whatever comes up is going to come up. I’ve never shied away from it. I’ve never said I wouldn’t consider it. But I haven’t heard anything considering that.

Not exactly a news-breaking quote, but Harvey simply being open to an extension will be key if the Mets approach him about a possible deal between now and Opening Day.

Harvey is making $4.325 million this season in his first year of arbitration eligibility and is under team control through 2018. At some point the Mets are going to be facing some very tough (and very expensive) decisions with their young pitching stockpile, but that’s still a bit off in the distance.

Pujols hits 701st career home run, connects for Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS — Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 701st home run, connecting Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Pujols launched a slider from former teammate Johan Oviedo over the Big Mac Land sign in left field at Busch Stadium. The solo drive in the fourth inning made it 1-all.

Pujols faced Oviedo for the first time and made the 24-year-old righty the 456th different pitcher he’s homered against.

The St. Louis star hadn’t homered in a week since hitting No. 699 and 700 at Dodger Stadium last Friday. Pujols had gone 10 at-bats without a home run after two starts and one pinch-hit appearance.

The Busch Stadium crowd gave the 42-year-old Pujols a long standing ovation before he came out of the Cardinals dugout to tip his cap for a curtain call.

Pujols hit his 22nd home run this season for the NL Central champion Cardinals.

Pujols is fourth on the career home run list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).