Matt Harvey took responsibility for his actions with address to teammates, press conference

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Mets starter Matt Harvey addressed his teammates in the clubhouse on Tuesday for 10-15 minutes, Newsday’s Marc Carig reports. According to Carig, Harvey was on the verge of tears and his address was taken as genuine and heartfelt. Harvey “basically rehashed it all,” taking responsibility for his teammates.

Harvey also addressed the situation  in a press conference on Tuesday afternoon. Per ESPN, Harvey said, “Yes, I was out on Friday night, past curfew. I did play golf Saturday morning and I put myself in a bad place to be ready to show up for a ballgame. It is my responsibility and I take full blame for that.”

Harvey added, “I’m looking forward to getting everything back on track and helping this organization moving forward. They have my word on that.”

The Harvey saga has been at the forefront of the baseball news cycle since the weekend. Harvey no-showed at Citi Field on Saturday, saying that he came down with the worst headache of his life.  After Harvey texted pitching coach Dan Warthen that he wouldn’t make it to the ballpark, the Mets sent security personnel to Harvey’s apartment in Manhattan to see if his story checked out. Because he missed the 3 PM notice deadline to take a sick day and because Harvey had other lateness infractions, the team decided to suspend him without pay for three games. Harvey felt that the team was singling him out. Manager Terry Collins and Harvey’s teammates didn’t exactly endorse him when asked by the media on Monday.

Hopefully, Harvey has done enough to nip the situation in the bud so he and the Mets can get back to focusing on not using the 10-day disabled list.

Fried, Braves go to salary arbitration for 2nd straight year

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Pitcher Max Fried went to salary arbitration with the Atlanta Braves for the second straight year, asking for $15 million instead of the team’s $13.5 million offer.

The 29-year-old left-hander went 14-7 for the second straight season and lowered his ERA to 2.48 from 3.04 in 2021. Fried was a first-time All-Star last season, was second to Miami’s Sandy Alcantara in Cy Young Award voting and was third in the National League in ERA behind Alcantara and Julio Urias with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Fried won a $6.85 million salary last year instead of the team’s $6.6 million proposal in arbitration. That was after he pitched six shutout innings in World Series Game 6 as the Braves won their first title since 1995.

Fried, who is eligible for free agency after the 2024 World Series, had his case heard Friday by a panel that’s expected to issue a decision Saturday.

Players have won two of three decisions so far: Pitcher Jesus Luzardo ($2.45 million) and AL batting champion Luis Arraez ($6.1 million) both beat the Miami Marlins. But Seattle defeated Diego Castillo ($2.95 million).

A decision is being held for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe, whose case was argued Monday. About 20 more cases are scheduled through Feb. 17.