Harvey tells Mets they can't muzzle him

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- The Mets have tried to limit Matt Harvey's interviews this spring training, putting him off-limits to media and maintaining he is not a story.

Harvey does not mind talking, though, and apparently has learned he has the right to do so -- no matter what the team wants.

According to the Daily News, when PR director Jay Horwitz approached Harvey and a reporter Tuesday, Harvey replied: “Jay, if somebody needs to talk to the Players’ Association, I have a right to have him writing about me.”

Harvey and Sandy Alderson reportedly discussed the matter afterward.

Harvey also is adamant about wanting to rehab in New York this season. The Mets do not want him to do so, but the collective bargaining agreement is on Harvey's side on that issue, too.