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Mets make contract supply to Steven Matz

Mets make contract supply to Steven Matz

Mets make contract offer to Steven Matz

The Mets’ want for beginning pitching has them wanting towards an previous pal for doable assist.

Free-agent Steven Matz, in response to an trade supply, has acquired a proposal from the Mets. The left-hander, who has been pursued by a minimum of seven different groups, is anticipated to succeed in a call by Wednesday.

After an unsightly 2020 season, Matz was traded by the Mets to the Blue Jays final winter. The 30-year-old Matz rebounded in 2021, ending 14-7 with a 3.82 ERA in 29 begins for Toronto.

Matz had a seesaw Mets profession wherein inconsistency largely outlined his tenure. One among his finest stretches with the membership got here within the second half of 2019, when he pitched to a 3.52 ERA and 1.197 WHIP. However Matz adopted that by pitching to a 9.68 ERA in 9 appearances in 2020, when he frolicked on the injured checklist with shoulder soreness. He went to Toronto in a deal that introduced Sean Reid-Foley and Yennsy Diaz to the Mets.

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The Mets ended final season with a necessity for beginning pitching, and that deficit was compounded by Noah Syndergaard’s departure final week. Syndergaard declined the Mets’ qualifying supply to signal a one-year cope with the Angels price $21 million.

Because it stands, the Mets have Jacob deGrom, Carlos Carrasco and Taijuan Walker underneath contract for subsequent 12 months’s rotation, however all include query marks about their well being. As well as, Tylor Megill and David Peterson are rotation depth items. Marcus Stroman, an vital cog within the Mets’ rotation from final season, is a free agent.

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A reunion with Matz would give the Mets a lefty choice and back-end assist in the rotation. The Mets might then look so as to add a higher-end choice, both by means of a commerce or free company. Prime free-agent prospects embody American League Cy Younger Award winner Robbie Ray, Max Scherzer and Kevin Gausman, along with Stroman.

Ray can also be left-handed, however would price the Mets a compensatory draft decide in the event that they have been to signal him as a result of the Blue Jays prolonged him the qualifying supply. The Mets have three draft picks earlier than the second spherical of subsequent 12 months’s draft. The most recent was acquired as compensation for Syndergaard’s signing with the Angels. The Mets acquired an extra first-round decide after deciding to not signal Vanderbilt pitcher Kumar Rocker due to bodily considerations.

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