It was reported late Tuesday night that left-handed free-agent starting pitcher Steven Matz had agreed to a four-year, $44 million contract with the St. Louis Cardinals.
On Wednesday morning, New York Mets owner Steven Cohen voiced his displeasure with the decision.
Prior to his 2021 campaign with the Toronto Blue Jays, Matz was selected in the second round of the 2009 MLB June Amateur draft by the Mets and spent the first six seasons of his career with the organization from 2015 through 2020. The 30-year-old is coming off arguably his best season, as he posted a career-high 14 wins against seven losses, adding a 3.82 ERA and 1.33 WHIP while striking out 144 batters across 150.7 innings pitched in 29 games.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic added some perspective to the situation Wednesday morning on Twitter.
MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reported on Wednesday that New York was “upset about the Matz situation and his last minute call to Cardinals”.
“They had the impression he was going to come back to them for a final chance,” Heyman tweeted. “Sources say Mets would have gone to that level ($44M, 4 years).”
Heyman had plenty of more details on how the Matz situation unfolded.
Victor Barbosa is a passionate follower of MLB, the NBA and NFL, with a specific interest in the Boston-area teams. As a 90s kid, he knows how spoiled he’s been, particularly with the BoSox run of championships (he grew up with a dog named Nomar and a cat named Big Papi). Now he lives with his fiancee and two pups (Hershey and Mosby) outside of Albany, NY. Follow Victor on Twitter at @vbarbosa1127.
(this story/news/article has not been edited by PostX News staff and is published from a syndicated feed)