CHICAGO - With Matt Harvey blowing past Scott Boras' previously stated limit of 180 innings -- a number the agent publicly revealed in early September -- Boras has bought insurance on Harvey, according to CBSSports.com.
The report said the policy would cover any potential future earnings negatively affected by injury. If Harvey is needed to start Thursday night's Game 5 of the NLCS, it would be on the two-year anniversary of his Tommy John surgery.
Only 26, Harvey has yet to cash in big on his elite pitching talents, meaning Boras hasn't received his accompanying payday, either. Harvey, still three years from free agency, signed for a $2.525-million bonus in 2010 and has earned roughly $1.659 million in total salary since then.
One baseball official who was consulted about Boras' insurance policy on Harvey described the move as "unusual.'' Also, with where the market could go someday for Harvey, the premiums could be exorbitant. Max Scherzer, another Boras client, signed a seven-year, $210-million contract in January with the Nationals.
Harvey finished the regular season at 1891/3 innings, over 29 starts, and has tacked on 122/3 innings in two playoff starts. In Game 1 of the NLCS, Harvey was drilled on the right triceps by a Dexter Fowler line drive, but the Mets said he remains on schedule for Game 5, if necessary, with no limitations going forward.
"Matt is on board 100 percent,'' pitching coach Dan Warthen said. "He wants to pitch when it's his turn. He wants to finish this season. He wants to finish the next season. I don't foresee any problems with Matt going out there and pitching.''