Steven Matz isn’t coming back to the Mets — and Steve Cohen isn’t happy about it.
The Mets owner took to Twitter Wednesday morning, hours after Matz agreed to a four-year deal with the Cardinals late Tuesday night, saying, “I’m not happy this morning. I’ve never seen such unprofessional behavior exhibited by a player’s agent. I guess words and promises don’t matter.”
According to sources, Cohen, as well as new general manager Billy Eppler, believed they would get a chance to match any deal before Matz signed elsewhere. However, they were not given a final call by Matz’s agent Rob Martin after he agreed to the four-year, $44 million deal — which could grow to $48 million with incentives — to go to St. Louis after a strong season with Toronto. Martin declined to comment.
The deal was pending a physical as of Wednesday morning.
The Mets had extended an offer to Matz, who spent the first six seasons of his major league career with the organization. The 30-year-old lefty is said to have received offers from at least eight teams.
In a phone call with The Post, Cohen said he was angered because the Mets were pursued by Matz and his agent, instead of the other way around.
“Most relationships I have had with agents have been wonderful,” Cohen said. “The conversations have been good, they really have been. But here this was different. This was something so over the line.
“I can’t imagine what the agent was thinking in the context of how they reached out to us and the reasons they wanted to come back. I have ever had an agent do that before with me.”
Cohen added that Matz “was a good Met” and wishes him well.
Matz went 14-7 with a 3.82 ERA in 29 starts for the Blue Jays last season, bouncing back from a rough 2020. The Mets traded the Long Island native to Toronto last winter in a deal that netted minor leaguers Sean Reid-Foley, Yennsy Diaz and Josh Winckowski.
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