Mets deal Matz to the Blue Jays after the worst season of his career

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Toronto Blue Jays have acquired Steven Matz in a trade. In an exchange, the New York Mets added three prospects.

The prospects that are going to the Big Apple include right-handed pitchers Sean Reid-Foley, Yennsy Díaz, and Josh Winckowski.

Former New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz throws a pitch against the Washington Nationals
Steven Matz throws a pitch against the Washington Nationals (Getty Images)

Reid-Foley and Díaz have MLB experience. Winckowski has not played higher than A ball.

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The Blue Jays continue to have a busy off-season. One marquee signing was agreeing to a deal with George Springer, who signed a six-year deal.

Another marquee signing was signing Marcus Semien to a one-year deal.

Matz is traded one month after signing one-year deal with the Mets. He’ll receive $5.2 million for the upcoming season.

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The Mets opened a starting rotation spot with this trade. There’s speculation that Trevor Bauer may sign with the team next.

Matz had the worst season of his career in 2020. The Stony Brook, New York born athlete went 0-5 during the MLB 60-game coronavirus schedule.

He made six starts and nine appearances overall. Matz had a career-high 9.68 ERA with one game finished.

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Also, the left-handed pitcher allowed 33 runs (all earned runs) in 30 2/3 innings. He also allowed 14 home runs on 42 hits.

He struck out 36 batters and walked 10.

As a starter, Matz is 31-41 with a 4.35 ERA in 579 2/3rd innings. He also has one complete game and one shutout in six seasons with the Mets.

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The 25-year-old Reid-Foley made five appearances with the Blue Jays in 2020. He has appeared in 21 games, including 13 starts, since the 2018 season.

The 24-year-old Díaz made one appearance with the Blue Jays in 2019.

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