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Mets trade Steven Matz to Blue Jays

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The Mets are getting prospects back.

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The Mets have traded Steven Matz to the Blue Jays for three prospects, all of whom are right-handed pitchers: Josh Winchowski, Yennsy Diaz, and Sean Reid-Foley.

Drafted by the Mets in 2009, Matz dealt with injuries early in his career and made his major league debut with the team in 2015. He was brilliant that year, but he dealt with injuries at the major league level, too. Over the years, his health became more reliable, but his performance on the mound went in the other direction.

After a great early start to his career in 2015 and 2016, Matz had a 4.83 ERA in 411.2 innings from 2017 through 2020. And while last year’s season was drastically shortened by the COVID-19 pandemic, Matz had a 9.68 ERA in 30.2 innings, by far his worst stretch as a major league pitcher.

Earlier this offseason, the Mets agreed to a $5.2 million salary for Matz—who at least seemed like a candidate to get non-tendered—in 2021.