New York food owner Steve Cohen called Steven matzthe “unprofessional” agent in a tweet Wednesday morning, a day after the free left-hander chose not to join his old team and signed with the Cardinals of Saint-Louis.
“I’m not happy this morning,” Cohen said in his post. “I’ve never seen such unprofessional behavior from a player’s agent. I guess words and promises don’t matter.”
Cohen told the New York Post that Matz and his agent asked the Mets to want to come back and that they were his first choice.
I am not happy this morning. I have never seen such unprofessional behavior from a gamer agent. I guess words and promises don’t matter.
– Steven Cohen (@ StevenACohen2) November 24, 2021
Matz on Tuesday signed a four-year, $ 44 million deal with the Cardinals, sources told ESPN. He could earn up to $ 48 million under the deal and will receive a signing bonus, sources said.
The left-hander, who was traded from Mets to Toronto Blue Jays heading into the 2021 season, found his rhythm in the American League East last season, posting a 14-7 record, with a 3.82 ERA in 29 starts.
Blue Jays coach Charlie Montoyo named Matz one of the team’s “unsung heroes” as Toronto threatened to advance to the playoffs until the last week of the regular season.
Matz, 30, a 2009 Mets second-round pick, pitched for six seasons in New York City. He was 31-41 with a 4.35 ERA and 552 strikeouts in 579 2/3 innings with the team.
“[Matz] was a good Met when he was here, ”Cohen told the New York Post. “I only wish him good luck. It was about the interaction with the agent. “