MLB trade rumors: Mets to deal Matt Harvey this summer?

If the Mets totally fall out of the race, ESPN MLB insider Buster Olney thinks the team could move Matt Harvey.

As the Mets try to climb back into contention, this summer’s MLB trade deadline looms over the franchise.

After back-to-back postseason appearances, the idea of the Mets–in a win-now, go-for-it town like New York–pivoting to act as sellers at the deadline seems hard to imagine.

But ESPN MLB insider Buster Olney can see one player on the move if the Mets don’t climb back into the race fast: Starting pitcher Matt Harvey.

While Harvey–with issues both on and off the field–wouldn’t seem like the peak candidate to deal, Olney thinks the team could look to cut ties and get whatever it can this summer before his clock toward free agency ticks down into the offseason.

“Harvey is the one veteran that I can see them definitely moving,” Olney said in a phone conversation with NJ Advance Media on Thursday. “The old Matt Harvey–the Dark Knight, 2013 All-Star Game starter–isn’t coming back. The Mets can see that. If they are out of it, moving Harvey this summer could make sense for both sides. It might just be time to move on.”

Entering the weekend, Harvey’s numbers aren’t pretty. The 28-year-old owns a 5.36 ERA across 50.1 innings. His last start was a shaky, uninspiring effort against baseball’s worst team. But we are talking a pitcher that was once great and is under team control for 2018, opening up the idea of another franchise looking to revive what was once a dominant arm.

Trade Harvey now?

Harvey is slated to pitch Sunday night’s game vs. the Pirates.

Olney and ESPN will be broadcasting Sunday’s Mets-Pirates tilt on Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell.

Joe Giglio may be reached at jgiglio@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @JoeGiglioSports. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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