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Steven Matz trade: What it means for Mets and Blue Jays – The Athletic

All winter, baseball’s offseason rumor mill has concentrated on the Mets and Blue Jays, the two teams fighting one another for major acquisitions in Francisco Lindor and George Springer, respectively.

On Wednesday night, the two teamed up for a trade.

New York sent veteran left-hander Steven Matz to Toronto for right-handed pitchers Sean Reid-Foley, Yennsy Díaz and Josh Winckowski. Though not a headlining trade across the sport, it is one that could have larger ramifications this offseason. Beat writers Tim Britton (New York) and Kaitlyn McGrath (Toronto) explored the deal.

Why were the Mets shopping Matz?

Britton: Matz’s disastrous 2020 season saw him go from an extension candidate to a non-tender candidate in the span of six starts. New York and Toronto actually started this conversation in late November (h/t to Ken Rosenthal) before the Mets decided to go ahead and tender Matz a deal, eventually agreeing to terms at $5.2…

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