Beginning pitcher Steven Matz, a key part to a turnaround season for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2021, has agreed to a four-year, $44 million cope with the St. Louis Cardinals, pending a bodily, sources accustomed to the deal instructed ESPN’s Jeff Passan on Tuesday night time.
Matz might earn as much as $48 million within the deal and can obtain a signing bonus, sources mentioned.
Matz, a 6-foot-2 left-hander, who discovered his stride within the American League East and on a workforce with a deep beginning rotation, usually stole the headlines in Toronto final summer time. In only one season with the Blue Jays, he posted a 14-7 document, with a 3.82 ERA in 29 begins.
He completed with 150⅔ innings of labor and 144 strikeouts as Toronto threatened for a playoff berth effectively into the common season’s ultimate week. The Blue Jays received six of his ultimate seven begins, and in his final one on Oct. 1, Matz — tabbed one of many workforce’s “unsung heroes” by supervisor Charlie Montoyo — pitched seven innings en path to a win over the Baltimore Orioles. Toronto completed 91-71.
” this workforce, I am like, ‘Man, this workforce is so good. We’re so shut,'” Matz instructed reporters within the ultimate week of the season in Toronto. “I do not know if I’ve ever been on a workforce this good.”
Matz, 30, a second-round choose of the Mets in 2009, was one in every of many pitching prospects New York hoped to construct title groups round, together with Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler. A New York native, Matz appeared destined for achievement with the Mets, particularly after going 4-0 as a rookie in 2015, the identical season New York landed within the World Sequence in opposition to the Kansas City Royals.
A string of injury-filled and inconsistent years adopted that magical season in Queens, and Matz ended up in a cope with Toronto on Jan. 27. In 2020, his final season with the Mets, Matz completed 0-5 with a 9.68 ERA as he battled shoulder discomfort, finally being relegated to the bullpen. His two greatest seasons in New York — other than his debut marketing campaign — got here in 2016 and 2019, when he mixed to go 20-18.
But it surely wasn’t sufficient to maintain him in Queens, because the Mets shipped away the veteran — and his $5.2 million wage — in change for some minor-league pitching depth earlier than spring coaching. The Mets obtained right-handers Sean Reid-Foley, Josh Winckowski and Yennsy Diaz. Matz obtained a second likelihood.
“He is been one of many unsung heroes right here,” Montoyo mentioned within the season’s ultimate week. “No one anticipated him to pitch like that. Virtually each day trip, he goes 5, six innings and retains us within the sport. He is been actually good. Nice, truly. Not good, nice.”