Matt Harvey continued to build himself up in a recovery program following Tommy John elbow ligament replacement surgery by throwing for back-to-back days at New York Mets camp for the first time Tuesday. That's great news for Harvey, the Mets and fans who want him to be 100 percent for the 2015 season after pitching with a torn UCL at the end of '13. It's likely that Harvey won't be ready to pitch in September as he has hoped, but that doesn't mean he can't enjoy the fruits of his early career success.
Because of clauses in his Mets contract that kicked in once Harvey hit certain markers, he will make $60,000 in bonuses in 2014 even if he doesn't see the field in a game.
Matt Ehalt of the Amazin' Stories blog in the Bergen County Record has the why:
Harvey will earn $546,625 this year, which includes a $10,000 bonus for being an All-Star last year and $50,000 for tying for fourth for the NL Cy Young Award, according to the Associated Press. Harvey is represented by Scott Boras.
There’s a chance Harvey may not pitch for the Mets in 2014 as he works back from Tommy John surgery, although he has said he would like to pitch, if ready.
“It’s always nice. I just found out about it when they were doing all that stuff,” Harvey told AP. “I let Scott take care of all that stuff. I just play.”
Perhaps any other certified agent would have insisted on having bonus clauses like those in Harvey's contract, but it makes you wonder — maybe reasons like that are why so many top players want to get with Boras. Not playing and still getting a raise sounds like Boras all of the way.
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