Late Monday evening, Jon Heyman reported some very intriguing news for Chicago Cubs fans. According to the MLB Network Insider, the Cubs are in on LHP Steven Matz.
Matz pitched his first six seasons with the New York Mets before moving on to the Toronto Blue Jays in 2021. During his 2021 campaign, Matz pitched to a 14-7 record, a 3.82 ERA, and 150.2 innings in 29 starts. In addition, Matz struck out 144 batters compared to just 43 walks.
The 30-year-old is in line for a fairly sizable payday this winter. After making $5.2 million in 2021, the most he's ever made in a season, Matz may find himself in line to make somewhere between $10 and $15 million per year on his next contract. As a pitcher who doesn't rely entirely on velocity, he should age well on a contract carrying term of three or four years.
Cubs fans have witnessed Matz on one of the sport's largest stages. In the 2015 NLCS, Matz started Game 4 and pitched 4.2 innings en route to a Mets win. New York capped off the sweep of the up-and-coming Cubs to represent the National League in the World Series. The Mets ultimately lost to the Royals in five games in the Fall Classic.
Cubs fans should certainly keep an eye on this report. After Jed Hoyer indicated the team was building a playoff contender without winning the offseason, the Cubs added Wade Miley to their rotation. Matz feels like a possible candidate that fits the Cubs' style of moves that they've hinted at this winter.
In addition, there have been reports indicating that a number of free agents will sign before the possible December 1 lockout this offseason. If that is the case, then a player such as Matz is certainly a possible signing before the Thanksgiving holiday.