KEY POINTS

  • The New York Mets are exploring a possible reunion with Steven Matz
  • Two teams are also interested in possibly signing Matz
  • The Mets are trying to improve their rotation with some players leaving the team

The New York Mets are skimming the free-agent pool, and one name that could make sense would be Steven Matz.

Ironically, the 30-year-old pitcher is the same guy the Mets traded to the Toronto Blue Jays last winter.

A reunion between the Mets and Matz would make sense considering the latter spent his first six seasons with the MLB team. That included helping New York to a pair of playoff berths and the 2015 National League pennant, Jon Heyman of the MLB Network reported.

He was best known as one of the hardworking players in his previous seasons with the Mets.

However, he had his share of struggles, particularly during the pandemic-hit shortened seasons.

It was one of the reasons why the Long Island-born player was sent to the Blue Jays in exchange for three players.

However, he was able to bounce back in the AL East with Toronto, posting a 3.82 ERA and 1.33 WHIP with 144 strikeouts over 29 starts for the Blue Jays.

Moreover, it was his best showing since joining the league in 2016.

However, the Mets are not the only ones interested in the free agent. It appears other teams have also taken notice of his performance last season.

Among the teams allegedly interested in Matz include the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Mets are trying to retool their rotation with Jacob deGrom in the lead. Carlos Carrasco and Taijuan Walker are likely to be back for New York.

Already gone from the Mets’ roster is Noah Syndergaard, who has moved over to the Los Angeles Angels.

Another player who they may lose is Marcus Stroman, who has yet to find a new home.

In a previous post, the New York Yankees were linked to the pitcher. Unfortunately, memories of 2019 still beckon for the All-Star player, particularly the comments of club general manager Brian Cashman.

Steven Matz Rookie left-hander Steven Matz takes the ball for New York in Game 4 of the World Series. Photo: Getty

Cashman stated at the time that he did not think that Stroman was a difference-maker and would spend more time in the bullpen in the postseason.

The 2017 Golden Glove Award winner responded by posting infographics comparing him to some members of the Yankees’ rotation, clearly showing wounds have not healed.