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Things between Mets and Matt Harvey are petty


Matt Harvey was once a beloved member of the New York Mets. After making the All-Star team in 2013 and helping the Mets reach the World Series in 2015, he was on top of the world. But as injuries limited Harvey’s effectiveness, his relationship with Mets fans and with the Mets organization soured. His late-night shenanigans were a frequent topic of discussion, no longer justified by his performance on the field. The Mets and Harvey finally parted ways when the club dealt him to the Reds in early May.

The Reds will visit the Mets for a three-game series starting tomorrow. Naturally, the media is going to want to talk to Harvey now that he’s back in New York. According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, manager Mickey Callaway is slated to hold a press conference at 4 PM ET on Monday. The Mets asked Harvey if he could speak to the media at 3:45 or 4:15 so as not to conflict with Callaway. Harvey said he’s going to speak at 4 PM ET.

This isn’t surprising. The Mets bickered with agent Scott Boras over an innings limit after Harvey had worked his way back from Tommy John surgery in 2015. He wound up pitching 189 1/3 regular season innings and another 26 2/3 innings in the postseason. It’s impossible to say exactly what effect overusing Harvey had on his future, but it was clear the Mets cared more about the immediate gratification of winning postseason games than Harvey’s long-term health.

Harvey’s late-night shenanigans were also highly public with the Mets even sending security personnel to check up on him. After the club suspended him three days without pay last year for an unnamed violation of team rules, then-manager Terry Collins said, “I don’t know” when asked if Harvey’s teammates respect him. Harvey, by the way, filed a grievance against the team over the suspension. That Harvey would be petty in response to a reasonable request from the Mets isn’t surprising.

Giants sign Darin Ruf to minor league contract

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The Athletic’s Jayson Stark reports that the Giants have signed 1B/OF Darin Ruf to a minor league contract.

Ruf, 33, played parts of five seasons in the majors with the Phillies from 2012-16, enjoying occasional offensive success. He spent the last three seasons in the KBO League in South Korea with the Samsung Lions, reigniting his career. Ruf hit an aggregate .313/.404/.564 with 86 home runs and 350 RBI over 1,756 plate appearances.

Ruf joins an ever-increasing list of players whose major league careers fizzled out, then found new life overseas — Eric Thames and Miles Mikolas are a couple of examples. Ruf will hope to prove himself as a big leaguer once more in spring training with the Giants.