New York Mets owner Steve Cohen took to Twitter on Wednesday morning to express his displeasure with the agent for left-hander Steven Matz.
“I’m not happy this morning,” Cohen said in his post. “I’ve never seen such unprofessional behavior exhibited by a player’s agent. I guess words and promises don’t matter.”
Matz, a former Met who pitched for the Toronto Blue Jays last season, reportedly agreed to a four-year, $44 million deal with the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday.
Cohen told The New York Post that Matz and his agent, Rob Martin, had reached out to the Mets about wanting to return and that they were his first choice.
New Mets GM Billy Eppler also told the Post that he thought the team would get a chance to make an offer to Matz before he made his final decision.
The Mets traded Matz, 30, to the Blue Jays prior to the 2021 season and he posted a 14-7 record with a 3.82 ERA in 29 starts.
A second-round pick in 2009, Matz pitched for six seasons in New York and had a 31-41 record 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 Post. “I only wish him well. This was about the interaction with the agent.”