Steven Matz never returns home to join the Mets rotation in need of help.
The industry source confirmed Tuesday night that the free-agent pitcher has agreed to a four-year deal worth $ 44 million with the Cardinals. The contract includes incentives to increase its value to $ 48 million. ESPN first reported the deal, which is physically pending.
The Mets extended the first six seasons of their major league career with the club to the 30-year-old Matz. Matz is said to be weighing contributions from at least eight teams.
The Blue Jays rebounded from a horrific 2020 last season with a 3.82 ERA in 14-7 with a 3.82 ERA in 14-7. The Mets traded a local Long Islander to Toronto last winter in a deal that earned Sean Reed-Foley, Yancey Diaz and Josh. Winkowski.
The Mets’ search for early pitching has intensified just days after Billy Eppler became the team’s new general manager last week, only heightening the sense of urgency to strike an expected MLB lockout deal on December 2.
Eppler and his staff are looking for first and foremost rotating weapons, but are also keeping an eye on the more slow-moving market for position players and relievers.
While left-wing players are not prominent in the Mets, it is the preferred option for a team that has acquired veteran Rich Hill to fill that void before the trade deadline, after losing to Joe Lucchesi and David Peterson in season-ending injuries.
The Orioles are swinging John Means for interested suitors, but in his first year as an arbitration eligible player, the cost could be steep for any team to acquire him. The Dodgers are another left-handed Dodgers David Price, who could be available by trade, but with the 36-year-old and health compromising season, the Mets see plenty of trouble.
As it stands, the Mets have slotted Jacob DeGrom, Carlos Carrasco and Taizuan Walker for next season’s rotation. Only Walker in that group – dramatically faded in the second half – managed to stay healthy the entire season.
DeGrom did not pitch after July 7 because of the discomfort later identified as ulnar collateral ligament low-grade tears, and Carrasco’s debut did not occur until July 30, three months after the injury list with hamstring tears. The right-hander underwent offseason surgery to remove bone fragments from his pitching elbow, but is expected to be ready for spring training.
Long Islander’s Kevin Gousman is the only free-agent prospect on the board that doesn’t cost the Mets a draft pick of compensation. The Mets could look to re-sign Marcus Stroman (another Long Islander) who helped carry the rotation in the absence of DeGrom last season. The Mets may look to Sunny Gray for the Reds as a part of their overhaul.
The need for two additions to the starting rotation became clear last week when Noah Syndergaard rejected the Mets’ eligibility offer to accept a one-year deal with the Angels worth $ 21 million.