There will be no return for Long Islands Steven Matz.
And Mets owner Steve Cohen is not happy about that.
Matz, a former star at Ward Melville High School who most recently pitched for the Blue Jays, avoided the team he was drafted by and joined the major leagues, agreeing to a $ 44 million four-year deal with the Cardinals late . Tuesday evening.
ESPN first reported the parameters of the deal, which apparently spurred Cohen to take to Twitter early Wednesday.
“I’m not happy this morning,” Cohen tweeted. “I’ve never seen such unprofessional behavior exhibited by a player’s agent. I guess words and promises are indifferent.”
It was not clear what exactly made Cohen angry about Matz’s representative, Rob Martin.
Martin did not immediately return a text seeking comment on the owner’s tweet, but later released a statement.
“We’re paying attention to Mr. Cohen’s tweet. It’s unfortunate that he chose to take his frustrations to Twitter. I do not want to do the same and instead I want to take the big road that is consistent with both my character and the nature of our client, “Martin wrote in his statement. “Steven Matz grew up as a Mets fan, loved his time there and continues to invest in the New York Community through his efforts to support NY’s First Responders. As a result of all this, there was a strong attraction to return to the Mets. But in the end, he made the decision he felt was best for him and his family. Louis. “
The Mets, who were in the market for at least two starting pitchers this offseason, were hopeful of bringing Matz back to Queens. The Mets traded Matz, a second round of the 2009 franchise, to the Blue Jays in late January in exchange for pitches Yennsy Diaz, Sean Reid-Foley and Josh Winckowski.
It was in Toronto where Matz, now 30, finally seemed to evolve into the kind of consistent rotation opportunity that the Mets had always imagined he would stay, going 14-7 with a 3.82 ERA and hitting 144 in 150 2/3 innings. The Blue Jays, one of a handful of teams that made an offer to Matz, did not extend the pitcher’s qualifying bid of $ 18.4 million, meaning that whichever team ended up signing him should not lose a draft to Toronto. as compensation.
It is not yet known what financial package Cohen allowed his new general manager, Billy Eppler, to present to Matz, nor was it known what any of the other teams involved offered. Among the clubs that reportedly had a significant interest were the Blue Jays, Red Sox, Dodgers, Angels and Cardinals. Within the last 10 days, The Angels have signed two pitchers that the Mets had an interest in keeping – Noah Syndergaard and Aaron Loup.
During last Friday’s Zoom press conference, which introduced Eppler, Cohen said the price would not be an obstacle to putting together the 2022 list.
“I’ve let Billy know that I’m willing, for the right deals and the right free agents, to go and get the players we need,” Cohen said. “We want to be competitive, don’t we? We want to win our division and be in the playoffs and get deep into the playoffs, right? So we have to ask the team that has the ability to do that, and so did I.” has let Billy and [team president] Sandy [Alderson] know that’s what they need. “
There have been no signs that the Mets and money are a problem – as in so many previous winters under the Wilpons. Still, Matz, who has lived full-time in Nashville, Tennessee for several years, became the latest example of someone choosing not to work in Flushing.
“I will continue to tweet, probably not as much as I did in the past,” Cohen said last Friday about an activity that more than a few in the industry have speculated would do the owner more harm than good. “I did not want to turn this around [the Mets GM search] into a game. Now that [it’s over] I’ll probably come back and see how it goes. We will see. I think people like it, so why not keep doing it? ”
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