Steven Matz reportedly turned down a multi-year offer from the Blue Jays

The Blue Jays announced that they extended qualifying offers to both Marcus Semien and Robbie Ray on Sunday, which comes as no surprise given the seasons that they just had.

Toronto’s other free agent, Steven Matz, was a more difficult case.
Matz was acquired by the Blue Jays last winter after he put up a horrendous season (a 9.68 ERA over nine outings) with the New York Mets. Though he had a few rough patches, Matz was largely solid for the Blue Jays, putting up a 3.82 ERA over 29 starts.
Still, despite the solid season, the Blue Jays ultimately decided not to give Matz a qualifying offer, which would guarantee him an $18,400,000 salary in 2022 if he chose to accept it. While they didn’t want Matz on an expensive one-year deal, the Blue Jays did offer the lefty a multi-year deal, which he declined, according to Jon Heyman.
Matz will now be able to test the free-agent market without having a compensatory draft pick attached to him.

Jays recently made a multiyear offer to Steven Matz. He did not accept it so free agency awaits. Jays ultimately decided not to give Matz the $18.4M qualifying offer.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) November 6, 2021

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

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