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Thursday, December 2, 2021

Mets owner blasts agent over Matz’s decision to sign elsewhere

Steven Cohen barred from using Twitter for nearly six weeks, avoiding the platform almost entirely as the Mets conducted a complex and painstaking search for a new general manager. When he hired Billy Epler last week, team boss Cohen said his tweeting was likely to resume.

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

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

“I’m not happy this morning,” Cohen wrote After news of Matz’s deal surfaced on Tuesday night. “I have never seen such unprofessional behavior displayed by a player’s agent. I think words and promises don’t matter.”

Mets agent Rob Martin, contacted by text message, said he has handled everything ethically and professionally and that he wishes the Mets all the best.

Martin said that Matz had the opportunity to “author an unprecedented next chapter of his career in St. Louis” and that is where the focus should be.

Matz was 31-41 with a 4.35 earned run average in six seasons with the Mets, having traded him for relievers Yancy Diaz and Sean Reed-Folie and a prospect to the Toronto Blue Jays in January. Matz led 14-7 with 3.82 ERA in 29 starts for Toronto and showed interest in returning to his hometown team the Mets. He reportedly received $44 million from the Cardinals.

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For the Mets, Matz is the target of another missed goal as they try to assemble a pitching staff. He extended a qualifying offer (worth $18.4 million) to retain Noah Syndergaard, but he signed with the Los Angeles Angels for a year and $21 million. The Angels also signed Aaron Loop, who excelled in relief last season to a two-year, $17 million deal for the Mets.

After posting 3.02 ERA in a team-leading 33 starts, Marcus Strowman is also a free agent. Strowman turns 31, like Matz, in May, but his track record is more consistent and is expected to be a more lucrative deal.

Theoretically, this shouldn’t be a problem for Cohen, who insisted on his willingness to spend last week introducing Appler as general manager. But although many free agent pitchers have signed new deals or agreed to terms – including Justin Verlander with the Houston Astros, Eduardo Rodriguez with the Detroit Tigers, Anthony DeScalfani with the San Francisco Giants and Kendall with the Chicago White Sox Includes Graveman – The Mets, have been discontinued as of now.

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