Mets’ Steven Cohen blows up Steven Matz’s agent for free agent contract

Steven Cohen refrained from using Twitter for about six weeks, bypassing the platform almost entirely as the Mets underwent a confusing and painstaking search for a new GM. When he hired Billy Eppler last week, Cohen, the team owner, said his tweets would most likely pick up.

“Now that it’s over, I’ll probably take it back and give it another chance and see how it goes,” he said. “We’ll see. I mean, I think people like it, so why not?”

Cohen wasn’t kidding. On Wednesday morning, he made the news on his wire criticizing Steven Matz’s agent, the left-handed pitcher who turned down a chance to return to the Mets and struck a four-year contract deal with the St. Louis Cardinals. .

“I’m not happy this morning” Cohen wrote after information about the Matz deal surfaced on Tuesday night. “I have never seen such unprofessional behavior from a player’s agent. I guess words and promises don’t matter.

Matz’s agent Rob Martin did not return a phone call asking for comment, but he said in a statement to MLB Network’s Ken Rosenthal that despite Matz’s “strong pull” to return to the Mets, the pitcher had made a decision that was best for his family.

“Steven is and always will be grateful to the Mets and the Mets fans,” added Martin, “but now he looks forward to his next chapter with the formidable St. Louis franchise.”

Matz was 31-41 with an earned-run average of 4.35 in six seasons with the Mets, who traded him to the Toronto Blue Jays in January for relievers Yennsy Diaz and Sean Reid-Foley and a prospect. . Matz went 14-7 with a 3.82 ERA in 29 starts for Toronto and was interested in returning to his home side Mets. He reportedly got $ 44 million from the Cardinals.

For the Mets, Matz is another missed target as they try to put together a pitching squad. They extended a qualifying offer (worth $ 18.4 million) to retain Noah Syndergaard, but he signed with the Los Angeles Angels for one year and $ 21 million. The Angels also signed Aaron Loup, who excelled in relief for the Mets last season, for a two-year, $ 17 million contract.

Marcus Stroman is also a free agent, having posted a 3.02 ERA of 33 starts at the top of the team. Stroman will be 31 in May, like Matz, but has a more cohesive track record and is expected to strike a more lucrative deal.

Theoretically, that shouldn’t be a problem for Cohen, who underscored his willingness to spend by pitching Eppler as chief executive last week. But although several free agent pitchers have signed or agreed to terms on new deals – including Justin Verlander with the Houston Astros, Eduardo Rodriguez with the Detroit Tigers, Anthony DeSclafani with the San Francisco Giants and Kendall Graveman with the Chicago White Sox – The Mets, so far, have been left out.

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