Cardinals give Matz $44M

The St. Louis Cardinals have signed left-handed starter Steven Matz to a four year deal worth $44M.

Matz spent six years with the Mets, posting a 4.31 ERA while owning a 31-41 record. The south-paw did shine in Toronto last season, going 14-7 with a 3.82 ERA in 29 starts.

Good luck, sir.

Mets Make Offer To Matz

According to Anthony DiComo the Mets have made an offer to Steven Matz. Matz coming off a solid year with the Blue Jays, after the Mets traded him for Sean Reid-Foley, Yennsy Diaz and Josh Winkowski during last off-season.

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Matz went 14-7 with a 3.82 ERA over 150.2 innings in 2021. Over that span he pitched to a 3.79FIP and 1.33 WHIP. While his strikeout numbers went down to 8.6 per nine, he also had a career low 1.1 homeruns per nine. That coming in the AL East is worth noting.

In 2021 Matz limited hard hit contact and featured a solid walk rate. His barrel percentage against went from 13.5 in to 7 in 2021, which was in the 61 percentiles.

The 30 year old got some great success with his two main pitches as his Change-up and Sinker combined for a minus 18 run value. His breaking stuff on the other hand combined for plus 10 run value.

The Mets will have enough competition for Matz services as he had around 8 offers to choose from. I personally would like to see the Mets go a different direction than Matz and go with an arm like Jon Gray at the back end of the rotation. But with the starting pitching market going so fast, it’s go time.

Other MLB News:

The LA Angels signed former Met Aaron Loup to a 2 year 17 mil dollar deal with a 7.5 mil dollar third year option.

The San Francisco Giants made a couple of moves to keep rotation arms. Anthony DiSclafani and Alex Wood stay in San Francisco.

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Dodgers sign Trevor Bauer

In a crazy 30 days in which the Mets fired and hired a new GM, Steve Cohen, Sandy Alderson, Zack Scott and the Mets missed out on Trevor Bauer, according to Jon Heyman.

Bauer, who is represented by Rachel Luba of Luba Sports, could’ve joined a rotation that currently has two-time Cy Young award winner in Jacob deGrom as the one-two Ace combo. Here’s what the rotation could’ve look like…

  1. Jacob deGrom
  2. Trevor Bauer
  3. Marcus Stroman
  4. David Peterson
  5. Steven Matz

The Mets can now focus on a few different areas as opposed to just one. I expect the team fill a few of those holes in the near future.

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Source: Jon Heyman

Matz releases statements after trade to Jays

The first statement from the Long Island Native was issued to the Mets fans and organization.

Via Twitter

His next statement was geared towards the Blue Jays fanbase and his future with the team.

Via Twitter

While Matz was always considered a high-end prospect, it just didn’t pan out that way while with the Mets organization. He’s still young, he has some things to figure out, yes, but Toronto could be the environment to help him thrive mentally.

With the Mets getting back salary relief in the form of $5.2M, they’re also receiving a few players that could have a decent impact relatively soon.

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The Daily Fix: 1/28

The Mets had a pretty big Wednesday, so let’s jump into the first edition of “The Daily Fix” and recap what happened…

First they promoted Zack Scott the GM position. While some felt this could be an opening to get Billy Owens back in the mix, the Mets stayed in-house with Scott.

Scott would later make his first moves as the New York Mets’ GM just a few hours later.

The team first acquired FA LHP Aaron Loup.

They would later send Long Island, New York native Steven Matz up north to the Toronto Blue Jays. In return the Mets would receive $5.2M in salary relief as well as a few players.

In possibly related news, the good guys over at MMO wrote a piece on the Angels potentially be out of the hunt for Bauer.

Matz is headed to Toronto

Jeff Passan of ESPN is reporting that the Blue Jays are in the final stages of acquiring Steven Matz. Passan notes that the deal will be for three prospects.

Jon Heyman has revealed that the first prospect is right handed pitcher Josh Winchowski. In 263 career innings in the minors, Winchowski owns a 3.35 ERA and has struck out 237 batters.

Winchowski is a tall righty with a heavy sinker that sits at about 93 MPH, his secondary pitch is his slider and is often used as his out pitch. MLB.com has an upside of being a back-end starter or a long-man used out of the bullpen. At only 22 years old, the righty was ranked 27th on the Blue Jays Top 30 Prospects List.

The Mets will also be acquiring Sean Reid-Foley and Yennsy Diaz from the Jays.

Yennsy Diaz is ranked 26th on the Blue Jays Top 30 Prospects List. At 24 years old righty, Diaz possesses a fastball that sits in the mid-90’s that he pairs with an above average breaking ball. Scouts believe that he’s a bullpen piece.

The Blue Jays will eat all of Matz’ $5.2, so the Mets will not be on the hook for anything. It’s also being speculated that this could be a move to free up payroll to sign Trevor Bauer.

Credit to Mike Mayer for breaking this story.

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Three Mets who will likely regress in 2021

We all know every Met won’t have the best 2021. It’s almost impossible and unrealistic to ask. Sometimes, players regress. Here’s three Mets who meet that criteria for 2021.

Also read: Three Mets who will shine in 2021

Steven Matz: Steven Matz has not fully found his rhythm in New York despite a new extension deal. He has struggled on the mound, but the Mets hope he will turn things around. Here’s why I say this is a big mistake on the Mets’ behalf to try and bring Matz back.

For 2020 alone, in 9 games, Matz went 0-5 with a 9.68 ERA and a 1.70 WHIP.

Matz needs to get it together in 2021. He has a new 1 year, $5,200,000 guaranteed. It’s time he steps up and gets the job done, although I don’t see it happening this upcoming season.

Also read: Mets desperatly need a lefty

Noah Syndergaard: Syndergaard was out all 2020 due to Tommy John surgery. It’s unclear how much he can effectively contribute to this team needy of starting pitching. He had a regression before in 2019, here’s a look at Syndergaard in 2019.

In 2019, Syndergaard went 10-8 with a 4.28 ERA. In 2016, he went 14-9 with a 2.60 ERA.

Big, big difference. I’m not saying he can’t redeem himself one day, but that takes time. 2021 won’t be that year.

Amed Rosario: Due to the upcoming star in Andrés Giménez, Rosario will likely be used all over the field. I’m not saying Rosario will regress stats wise completely, but be slightly off. Let’s take a look at Rosario in 2019 and 2020.

In 2019, Rosario hit 15 home runs and 72 RBI’s with a .287 Batting Average.

In 2020, Rosario hit 4 home runs, 15 batted in, with a .252 batting average.

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Obviously, the 2020 numbers are from the COVID-19 shortened season. I’m saying that the stress of being inserted all over and possibly seeing a little less playing time could affect his play.

It is what it is about Rosario, as this is obviously one player I did not want to see on this list nor does he completely deserve to be on here. Things just happen. The sky would have been the limit for Rosario given other circumstances.

Here’s my list of players who will likely fall short of their 2021 goals. It’s sad to see them on here, but, may they see better fortunes in another season.

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Also read: Mets Trade Target: Carlos Correa

Matz expected to stay.

Ken Davidoff is reporting that the Mets will likely tender a contract to Steven Matz. Matz was a candidate to be non tendered in his final arbitration year, coming off a disaster season.

Still, with the Mets lack of starting pitching depth, losing a lefty with the ability Matz has, could bite us in the behind. Matz came of two solid season in 2018 and 2019, but couldn’t get out of his own way in 2020. Still, 2020 is a small samplesize and Matz his production on 18-19 is something you should take for little over 5 mil (5.3 expected settlement according to MLBtraderumors).

Lets just hope the 2018/2019 Matz is back in 2021. If not its a fairly easy DFA for not an extreme amount.

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Where Stroman fits in… for now

While pitcher Marcus Stroman is no stranger to the New York Mets organization, the team might have a relatively new look. With Stroman accepting his QO, it’s important to look at where he fits in, not only right now, but what the team might look like going forward with other additions, as well.

Assuming that Steven Matz and Seth Lugo would be apart of the rotation if the season started today, the Mets rotation would look like this (Pre Syndergaard’s return).

Also read: Hello, is it me (Jon Gray) you’re looking for?

  1. Jacob deGrom
  2. Marcus Stroman
  3. Seth Lugo
  4. David Peterson
  5. Steven Matz

While Syndergaard says he’s on pace to be ready for opening day, that just doesn’t seem like a realistic possibility after TJS. It looks like that late June or even after the All-Star break is a return date fans can hope on. Assuming Matz turns the corner enough to keep him in the rotation, this is what we could be looking at once Thor returns.

Also read: Hello, is it me (NL CY Young finalist) you’re looking for?

  1. Jacob deGrom
  2. Marcus Stroman
  3. David Peterson
  4. Noah Syndergaard
  5. Steven Matz

But what if the Mets make a huge splash and sign the reigning National League Cy Young award winner Trevor Bauer? What would the rotation look like on opening day?

  1. Jacob deGrom
  2. Trevor Bauer
  3. Marcus Stroman
  4. Seth Lugo/David Peterson
  5. David Peterson/Steven Matz

If the Mets decide to use Lugo as their fourth, they’ll go on to use Peterson as the fifth while moving Matz to the pen to fulfill the swing man shift as well as an innings eating reliever.

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They could also opt to go with Peterson as their fourth and Matz as their fifth, moving Lugo back to the bullpen where his numbers indicate that he’s along the lines of an elite reliever.

Now it’ll actually get easier once Noah Syndergaard returns from his injury in this particular scenario that includes a rotation with Bauer.

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  1. Jacob deGrom
  2. Trevor Bauer
  3. Marcus Stroman
  4. Noah Syndergaard/David Peterson
  5. David Peterson/Steven Matz

The reason why this scenario is an easier one to choose is because it basically forces Lugo into being the bullpen ace. While he’s been a serviceable starting pitcher, his best work clearly comes out of the pen.

Back to Stro, it looks like the worst case scenario is that he drops down to the number three starter. That’s not at all bad, in fact, it’s something to look forward in 2021 and potentially beyond. Best case scenario is that he’s a number two pitcher that ends up pitching like an ace, while some may see that as far fetched, remember that Stroman is a former first rounder that keeps the ball low in the zone.

Also read: Top 10 Mets Prospects Entering the 2020 season (Part 2 of 2)

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