Report: Cardinals, Matz agree to 4-year, $44M deal
Matz's deal, which is pending a physical, reportedly includes incentives that could push the total value up to $48 million.
The veteran starting pitcher hit free agency on the heels of a solid one-year stint with the Toronto Blue Jays, where he posted a career-high 14 wins while authoring a 3.82 ERA, a 3.79 FIP, and posting 144 strikeouts across 150 2/3 innings.
Matz's impressive bounce-back campaign seemingly created a competitive market for his services. After declining to extend a qualifying offer, the Blue Jays offered him a three-year contract, a source told Jon Morosi of MLB Network.
Meanwhile, the New York Mets, with whom the former second-round pick spent the first six seasons of his pro career, were a finalist for his services, along with the Blue Jays, Boston Red Sox, and Chicago Cubs, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network.