Steve Cohen fumes on Twitter over Steven Matz’s Mets snub

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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.”

Steve Cohen is not happy with how the Mets' talks with Steven Matz went down.
Steve Cohen is not happy with how the Mets’ talks with Steven Matz went down.
Corey Sipkin

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.

The deal was pending a physical as of Wednesday morning.

Steven Matz signed with the Cardinals on Nov. 23, 2021.
Steven Matz signed with the Cardinals on Nov. 23, 2021.
AP

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.

He 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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