What at first seemed fun and different to one owner, Mets owner Steve Cohen’s Twitter account has quickly become irritating, controversial, and boring to many, and a tweet he released Wednesday morning added to. that saga.
According to Cohen, the Mets were in line to meet Steven Matz, who wore orange and blue from 2015 to 2020, going 31-41 with 4.35 in 579 2/3 innings. However, Matz opted to sign a four-year, $ 44 million deal with the Cardinals, infuriating Cohen.
I’m not happy this morning. I’ve never seen such unprofessional behavior from a player’s agent. I guess words and promises don’t matter.
– Steven Cohen (@ StevenACohen2) November 24, 2023
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Matz spent last season in Toronto and had one of the best years of his career. He was 14-7 with a 3.82 ERA and struck out 144 in 150 2/3 innings.
The Mets apparently made Matz a similar offer to St. Louis, along with several other teams, before he opted to address the Cardinals.
The Mets had made Matz an offer, but so did seven other teams. In the end, he liked the setting with the Cardinals, who play less than a five-hour drive from their full-time home in Nashville. Credit to @JeffPassan first in signature.
– Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) November 24, 2023
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In response to Cohen’s tweet, Rob Martin, Matz’s agent, issued a statement.
Statement from Steven Matz’s agent, Rob Martin. pic.twitter.com/yC4p1FPfaP
– Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 24, 2023
Martin apparently also spoke to Cohen Wednesday morning and seemed to ease the tension and downplay the concerns about meat between the two.
I spoke to Rob Martin, Steven Matz’s agent. He said he called Steve Cohen this morning after Cohen’s tweet. He said he thought the tension / hostility was less after the conversation. He said that he, Matz and their agency have no heart / grudge towards the #Mets.
– Joel Sherman (@ Joelsherman1) November 24, 2023
The Mets have yet to make a big splash so far in free agency after losing No. 2 starter Noah Syndergaard to the Angels and so far have been unable to reach deals for Michael Conforto and Javier Baéz to return to Citi Field.