The Chicago Cubs have already been active so far this offseason. They picked up Wade Miley off of waivers from the Cincinnati Reds who will be a great addition to their staff. They also acquired Harold Ramirez from the Cleveland Guardians earlier on Monday to bolster their outfield and offensive depth. Now, they are reportedly interested in Steven Matz.
Matz spent the first six years of his MLB career pitching for the New York Mets before making his way to the Toronto Blue Jays ahead of the 2021 season. There, he was a very good pitcher for his one season.
His 2.0 WAR was accumulated thanks to his 14-7 record, 3.82 ERA, and 1.344 WHIP. He also had 144 strikeouts over 150.2 innings pitched. That level of production on the Chicago Cubs would be magnificent on this current Cubs team.
2022 is expected to be a retooling year for the Cubs but they might be better than people think if they add another good starting pitcher. Getting someone like Matz certainly isn’t a guarantee but being interested in him tells you their intentions this offseason.
The Chicago Cubs are interested in Steven Matz after he had a really good year.
They are among other MLB teams interested in him according to Heyman’s report via Twitter. He had a very good year so this shouldn’t be a surprise. Any of these teams landing him would go a long way for them heading into 2022.
For the Cubs, he would join a rotation that already includes Miley, Kyle Hendricks, Adbert Alzolay, and Wade Miley. That is good enough to be a competitive team in the NL Central Division. If they can find some good offense to score some runs, they certainly won’t be one of the worst teams in the MLB.
Even if they can land someone similar to Matz, they will be happy with it. As mentioned by Heyman, this deal could come sooner than later so keep an eye out for it. If it is the Cubs, everyone should be excited about their rotation for right now. Competing in the NL isn’t easy right now but you just never know with a team like this. Hopefully, they are the team that prevails for his services.