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Mets owner rips Steven Matz’s agent for ‘unprofessional behavior’

Field Level Media

November 24, 2021 at 4:55 pm.

New York Mets owner Steve Cohen took to Twitter on Wednesday morning to express his displeasure with the agent for left-handed pitcher 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.

Martin issued a reply to Cohen’s remarks.

“We are aware of Mr. Cohen’s tweet. It’s unfortunate that he chose to take his frustrations to Twitter. I will not do the same, and instead will take the high road which is consistent with both my character and the character of our client. Steven Matz grew up a Mets fan, loved his time there, and continues to invest in the New York Community through his efforts supporting NY’s First Responders. As a result of all that, there was a strong pull to return to the Mets. But ultimately he made the decision he felt was best for him and his family. Steven is and always will be grateful to the Mets and Mets fans, but he now looks forward to his next chapter with the tremendous franchise in St. Louis.”

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.”