If there was any doubt, the New York Mets will indeed tender Matt Harvey a contract for next season, people familiar with the situation say.

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson suggested as much, recently telling the New York Post that it was “highly unlikely” that they’d just let him go, as the Mets believe they have seen some encouraging signs lately — despite Harvey’s rough return engagements — and still view him as cost-efficient.

The Mets seem to figure that they should still have a lot of strong choices for the rotation next year, health willing, and word is they may instead make their biggest improvement by looking to bolster an under-performing bullpen.

The Mets would seem to have two closing candidates with A.J. Ramos and Jeurys Familia returning, but they could still investigate the possibility of adding a big pen piece; the top free agent relievers this winter are expected to be Wade Davis and Greg Holland (assuming he doesn’t exercise his $15-million player option), followed by ex-Met Addison Reed, who the Mets traded at the deadline for three talented arms. Mets higherups believe the pen needs improvements based on their rough year, though Familia’s return has helped a bit.