Steven Matz could very properly be making his means again dwelling to the New York Mets this week.
MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo reported that the Mets have made a suggestion to convey the free-agent southpaw again to the membership he spent his first six skilled seasons with (2015-2020) after being drafted by New York in the second spherical in 2009.
In January, he was dealt to the Toronto Blue Jays for Josh Winckowski, Yennsy Diaz, and Sean Reid-Foley the place he put collectively his finest season since his 2016 marketing campaign with the Mets.
Over 29 begins, Matz went 14-7 with a 3.82 ERA with a WHIP of 1.334 — a major enchancment from his final 4 injury-riddled seasons with the Mets that noticed him submit a 4.83 ERA ending with a demotion to the bullpen in 2020.
His enchancment has created a strong market, per DiComo, as eight groups, together with the Blue Jays, Boston Purple Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, St. Louis Cardinals, and Los Angeles Angels have made provides — the latter having already taken Noah Syndergaard and Aaron Loup from the Mets.
However Matz and the Mets made vital progress on contract talks after Billy Eppler was confirmed because the staff’s normal supervisor, lastly offering a glimpse of front-office construction.
He additionally stays shut with former teammates, together with Jacob deGrom, and nonetheless has household in the realm as he grew up and attended highschool on Lengthy Island.
“I became a man in that organization. From 18 to now almost 30 years old, I was with that organization. I grew up in it,” Matz mentioned of the Mets after he was traded to Toronto. “I’m just thankful for the opportunity they gave me. I built a lot of great relationships, had a lot of great experiences, learned a lot from ups and downs and different stuff. I think it was an awesome experience.”
The Mets are in want of starting-pitching depth with Syndergaard having already departed for the Angels and Marcus Stroman at the moment a free agent. He would additionally fulfill a necessity of one other left-handed starter seeing because the Mets are woefully brief in that class with simply three — David Peterson, Joey Lucchesi, and Thomas Szpaucki — on the 40-man roster. All three additionally ended the 2021 season injured.
Matz could be in the combination for a decrease position in the rotation, which implies the Mets nonetheless have to be aggressive in attaining at the least another high arm if not two.
The veteran lefty is predicted to make his determination by Wednesday, per MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand, with Main League Baseball’s potential lockout looming as soon as the Collective Bargaining Settlement expires on Dec. 2.