The St. Louis Cardinals signed the left-handed pitcher for 4 years Steven Matz in this free agency of the MLB, he chose one of the 8 teams behind him.
According to Ken Rosenthal, the agreement was for 4 seasons and 44 million, with some incentives the contract can reach up to 48 million.
The veteran starting pitcher entered free agency on the heels of a solid one-year season with the Toronto Blue Jays, where he posted a career-high 14 wins while authorizing a 3.82 ERA, 3.79 FIP, and 144 strikeouts at 150 2 / . 3 entrances.
Free-agent left-hander Steven Matz is in agreement with the Cardinals on a four-year, $44 million contract, sources tell The Athletic. Chance to make $48M with incentives.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 24, 2021
Matz went from being a pitcher which the New York Mets no longer want in their rotation due to his lousy start to the season, they even took him out of the rotation. However, his arrival with the Toronto Blue Jays helped give him another shine to his career, and as if that weren’t enough, he reaches free agency when there are few left-handers available.
The Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox, Anaheim Angels, New York Mets, Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants, Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies were interested in Steven Matz, in the end he returns to the National League but to the central division.