Steven Matz is expected to sign this week – Post World

The free agent pitching market has moved very quickly in the first few weeks of the off-season, and it appears that another domino may be falling soon. South paw Steven Matz will likely pick his destination before Thanksgiving, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post (Twitter-Link).

Interest in Matz was strong, with the Red Sox, reigning Blue Jays, Mets, Dodgers, Cardinals and Angels among the teams already reportedly interested. Jon Heyman from the MLB network adds the Tigers, Cubs, and Giants add to this mix. The Mets have made a formal offer, despite joining seven other clubs in this regard, according to’s Anthony DiComo (on twitter).

Matz has had a fine season in Toronto, recovering from a terrible 2020 campaign to throw 150 2/3 innings of the 3.82 ERA ball. The 30-year-old didn’t miss too many clubs, but he only walked 6.6% of the opponents and induced grounders with a solid 45.5% clip. Matz’s 4.12 SIERA wasn’t quite as impressive as his ERA, but both his actual running prevention and peripherals usually hovered around 4:00.

This is a valuable mid-rotation production, although Matz previously had some long ball issues. Home runs weren’t an issue in 2021, but he served up an amazing 14 roundtrippers in just 30 2/3 frames with the Mets in 2020. This seemed like an ugly end to a generally solid tenure in Queens, but the New York front office apparently has an interest in teasing him again after his bounceback show this year.

Each of the Tigers, Cubs, and Giants entered the off-season that is known to target rotation aid. The Cubs claimed Wade Miley Disclaimers by division rival Reds. Detroit has already signed Eduardo Rodriguezwhile San Francisco has reunited Anthony DeSclafani and are apparently on the verge of a deal with Alex wood. None of this trio have as much rotation needs as they did two weeks ago, but the staff at all three clubs are so insecure that they can and probably will make another rotation expansion this winter.

The Jays considered making a qualifying offer of $ 18.4 million to Matz, but ultimately decided against it. Toronto will then not receive a compensatory selection if they signed elsewhere, while adding Matz would not cost another team a draft pick.

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