Stephen Matz and the Cardinals terminated a $44 million four-year contract Monday, giving St.
Steven Matz and the Cardinals terminated a four-year, $44 million contract on Monday, giving St.
Matz received a $2 million signing bonus, payable within 30 days of the deal’s approval by the commissioner’s office, and salaries of $8 million next season, $10 million in 2022 and $12 million in 2023 and 2024.
He could earn $1 million annually in performance bonuses for roles offered: $200,000 each for 130, 140, 150, 160, and 170. Matz could also earn $50,000 for winning Cy Young and $25,000 for finishing second to fifth in the voting , $25,000 if so vote for AL Championship Series MVP and $50,000 for World Championship Most Valuable Player.
“We are excited to have Stephen join our league and bring his experience and talents to our team,” said John Muziliak, the Cardinals’ head of baseball operations. “Steven has proven himself as a consistent contributor, and we believe his game will continue to excel here in St. Louis with the support of our exceptional defense.”
The 30-year-old, originally from Long Island, refused to sign the Mets with one of his National League rivals. He made a bid for New York from 2015-20 before being traded this past January to Toronto, where he posted his career best record of 14-7 and 3.82 ERA in 29 starts for the Blue Jays, making him a rookie in the free agency.
He will join the long-leading Adam Wainwright tournament that also includes Jack Flaherty, Dakota Hudson and Miles Micholas. Cardinals may also use Alex Reyes, Jordan Hicks, Jake Woodford, and Johan Oviedo.
The Cardinal was reportedly willing to give Matz a fourth year on his contract, while many other clubs weren’t, but they also offer the best defense in baseball with five Golden Glove winners: first baseball player Paul Goldschmidt, and third baseball player Nolen Arenado, and second. Base officer Tommy Adman, left player Tyler O’Neill and quarterback Harrison Bader. The Arenado also won the Platinum Glove Award, which is given to the best defensive player in each league.
Together, this group helped St.Louis lead the bigs in salvaged races last season, which was in turn a big reason why he was able to accumulate a winning record of 17 consecutive games that allowed the Cardinals to slip into the playoffs.
It wasn’t enough to save manager Mike Scheldt’s job. It was abandoned shortly after the cardinals were eliminated due to philosophical differences with the front office. Oliver Marmol has been promoted from the bench coach to replace him.
The Mats were selected by the Mets in the second round of the 2009 Draft Year One from Ward Melville High School in East Situcket, New York. He has a career record of 45-48 with a 4.42 ERA in 136 starts and five relief appearances.
Matz has also proven to be solid, throwing at least 150 rounds in each of the past three full seasons.
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