September 7, 2021; Bronx, New York, USA; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Steven Matz (22) throws the ball into the net of the New York Yankees during the second round at Yankee Stadium. Required credit: Andy Marlin-USA Sports TODAY
Steven Matz won’t bring his talents to Boston, as the St. Louis outbid the field and signed a favorable four-year contract worth up to $48 million, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN.
Matz’s decision, which is always expected before Thanksgiving, comes on the heels of reports that the Sox are among those making a contract offer for the 30-year-old. Despite the offer, it remains unclear how far Sox is willing to go, with a source told MassLive’s Chris Cotillo that the Red Sox are not as belligerent as other clubs.
Matz spent the 2020 season with Toronto, and won 14 career highs for the Blue Jays. The New York-born player also posted his best ERA (3.82) since 3.40 in 2016, while his 144 shots are the third most he has in any season.
The Red Sox still has a clear need for rotation Eduardo Rodriguez goes to Detroit, and has been linked to many players on the open market. NS the list of notable favorable starters is still on the open market including Carlos Rodon, Danny Duffy, James Paxton, Jon Lester and 2021 Cy Young winner Robbie Ray.
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