Wanna hear a great Matt Harvey story?

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Jon Heyman has a story up about what’s facing Matt Harvey as he begins the next chapter of his career with his new team, the Cincinnati Reds. We’ve talked about Harvey a lot so the basics are all pretty familiar, but there’s a great anecdote in there:

There’s a “funny” story about Harvey: With him struggling on the mound but a day off coming, he once asked Terry Collins to stay behind for a night in Miami, and when he rejoined the team the next day he bragged in the clubhouse nonstop about his exploits the night before with some beautiful woman. Well, one veteran Met, tiring of his lack of focus and his emphasis on extracurriculars, shot across the clubhouse, saying something to the effect of: “That’s great Matt, but has she seen you pitch?”

That could’ve happened at any time over the past couple of years, but I’m gonna tell myself it happened in April of 2017, when the Mets played the Marlins in Miami. Harvey pitched on the 16th and they had the 17th off before a series at home against the Phillies, making it an easy flight home the next day for Harvey. For what it’s worth, I desperately want that mystery Met veteran to be Jerry Blevins, but I don’t even know why. Just sounds like a good guy to say that Harvey.

Please, no other reporters should talk to the Mets about this. I don’t want anyone suggesting that it’s not true.

Jesus Luzardo beats Marlins in salary arbitration

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Pitcher Jesus Luzardo became the second player in two days to beat the Miami Marlins in salary arbitration and was awarded $2.45 million.

Miami had argued for $2.1 million during a hearing Thursday before a panel of John Stout, Melinda Gordon and Richard Bloch.

AL batting champion Luis Arraez, an All-Star infielder acquired by the Marlins from Minnesota last month, was awarded a $6.1 million salary on Thursday rather than the team’s $5 million figure.

Luzardo, a 25-year-old left-hander, was 4-7 with a 3.32 ERA in 18 starts last year, striking out 120 and walking 35 in 100 1/3 innings. He is 13-18 with a 3.59 ERA in 45 starts and 16 relief appearances over four big league seasons.

Luzardo made $715,000 last season and was eligible for arbitration for the first time. He can become a free agent after the 2026 season.

Players have won two of three decisions this year, with about 20 more scheduled for hearings.

Seattle defeated Diego Castillo in the first decision this year on Wednesday, and the relief pitcher will get a raise to $2.95 million rather than his request of $3,225,000.

A decision is being held for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe, whose case was argued Monday.