Baseball Matt Harvey would consider staying with the Mets for the long haul.Despite being eligible for free agency in 2018, the ace right-hander on Monday said he is open to the idea of signing a long-term contract extension to remain with the team. MORE: Steve Garvey's case for Cooperstown | Carlos Correa signs adidas deal"I think whatever comes up is going to come up. I’ve never shied away from it," Harvey said, via the New York Post. "I’ve never said I wouldn’t consider it, but I haven’t heard anything considering that." (UPDATE: Harvey's agent, Scott Boras, didn't dismiss the idea out of hand. As is his wont, he used a food analogy to describe a Mets-related financial issue. "Expectations of an extension are like dinner invitations," quoted Boras as saying. "They are always politely considered until you know the restaurant.")Harvey made $614,125 in 2015 and agreed to a $4.325 million deal for this season, dodging arbitration. Harvey went 13-8 with a 2.71 ERA in 189 1/3 innings last season, his first back from Tommy John surgery. He threw another 26 2/3 innings in the postseason, giving him 216 overall. He figures to be the Mets' opening-day starter in 2016.The 26-year-old was the starter in the Mets’ final game last season, a 7-2, 12-inning  loss to the Royals in Game 5 of the World Series."It’s something that motivates you going into the next year," Harvey said. "Instead of dwelling on what happened and trying to change something you can’t, you use that as motivation towards the offseason and getting your body ready and getting

your mind ready and getting back to where you want to be."We have a lot of confidence this year and a lot of knowledge and experience. We’re excited about starting fresh this year."