Cons For Trading The Dark Knight
Matt Harvey is the ultimate ace. Period.
Ever since he burst into the scene in 2013, including starting the All-Star game at Citi Field, he had star written all over him. Add his blazing upper 90s fastball with his secondary pitches, along with his poise and demeanor on the mound, and the man has everything you want in an ace. He was nicknamed The Dark Knight for a reason and he was supposed to be the next Mets franchise player.
So how could you trade an elite starter like Harvey?
Harvey is a rarity. He’s already one of the best pitchers in the game now and with him at only 26-years of age, the sky is the limit. If he stays with the Mets long term he can one day find himself in the same class as Tom Seaver and Dwight Gooden as the top starters in franchise history. The Mets should not make the same mistake they made with Seaver when they traded him in 1977 for virtually nothing.
Trading an ace like Harvey could bring risks too. If it doesn’t work out, you basically traded an elite starter for damaged goods and the whole Seaver trade comparisons can crop up again.
deGrom and Syndergaard have been great and Steven Matz will be better. All of them seem to have enough competitiveness as pitchers and they all showed it in the postseason. At the same time, none of them were as poised and intense as Harvey was in Game 5 of the Fall Classic. The fact that he wanted to complete that game in the worst way showed his ultimate competitiveness and why Mets fans have grown to love and adore him when he first burst onto MLB scene.
You have a pitcher as gifted as Harvey, you have to do everything you can to make sure he’s on your team for awhile. There’s not many like Matt, and should the Mets trade him they would lose a possible future Hall of Famer who could end up being one of the best all time.