Steven Matz finalizes $44M, 4-year contract with Cardinals

Mon Nov 29 2:45pm ET

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FILE -Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Steven Matz throws to a New York Yankees batter during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021, at Yankee Stadium in New York. Mets owner Steve Cohen criticized pitcher Steven Matz for reaching an agreement with the St. Louis Cardinals rather than New York. Matz and the Cardinals have agreed to a $44 million, four-year contract, a deal subject to a successful physical, according to published reports. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)


ST. LOUIS (AP) Left-hander Steven Matz and the St. Louis Cardinals finalized a $44 million, four-year contract on Monday.

Matz gets 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 each in 2023 and 2024,

He can earn $1 million annually in performance bonuses for innings pitched: $200,000 each for 130, 140, 150, 160 and 170.

Matz, a 30-year-old left-hander who is from Long Island, pitched for the Mets from 2015-20 and was traded to Toronto last January. He went a career-best 14-7 with a 3.82 ERA in 29 starts for the Blue Jays, then became a free agent.

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