Mets owner Cohen criticizes Matz's agent for deal with Cards

Wed Nov 24 12:24pm ET

In this Dec. 10, 2009, file photo, hedge fund manager Steve Cohen attends a benefit in New York. Cohen has agreed to purchase the New York Mets from the Wilpon family. The team announced the agreement on Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. The deal is subject to the approval of Major League Baseball owners. (AP Photo/File)


NEW YORK (AP) Mets owner Steve Cohen criticized pitcher Steven Matz for reaching an agreement with the St. Louis Cardinals rather than New York.

''I'm not happy this morning. I've never seen such unprofessional behavior exhibited by a player's agent. I guess words and promises don't matter,'' Cohen wrote Wednesday on Twitter.

Matz and the Cardinals have agreed to a $44 million, four-year contract, a deal subject to a successful physical, according to published reports.

Rob Martin, the pitcher's agent, did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press.

Matz, a 30-year-old left-hander who is from Long Island, pitched for the Mets from 2015-20 and was traded to Toronto last January. He went a career-best 14-7 with a 3.82 ERA in 29 starts for the Blue Jays, then became a free agent.

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