Cubs ‘Definitely’ Pursuing Steven Matz as Pitching Market Gains Steam

The pitching market is really picking up as the December 1 CBA deadline approaches, with several potential Cubs targets coming off the board in a hurry. The Giants are leading the charge in that regard, agreeing to a deal to bring back righty Anthony DeSclafani and reportedly getting close to landing lefty Alex Wood. That would seem to take them out of the running for Kevin Gausman, who parlayed a qualifying offer last season into what will surely be one of the bigger contracts for a pitcher this winter.

While the Cubs could be after Gausman, they are “definitely in on” lefty Steven Matz. That comes from 670 The Score’s Bruce Levine after Jon Heyman initially mentioned the Cubs among a group of interested parties that Red Sox, Blue Jays, Tigers, Cardinals, Giants, Angels, and Mets.

MLB.com Mets beat writer Anthony DiComo tweeted that Steve Cohen’s team does have an offer to bring Matz back to Queens, but the competition may be stiff because Matz has reportedly received eight offers already. If my counting is accurate, that could mean every team Heyman named has done more than just kick the tires.

It’s easy to see why so many teams would be interested in a 30-year-old southpaw sinkerballer with mid-90s velocity, especially if they feel like some tweaks to his breaking stuff could elevate his game further. Matz had a rough final season with the Mets in 2020 but rebuilt his value with a year in Toronto and appears to be ready to cash in.

There are still plenty of available pitchers if the Cubs don’t land Matz, with Jon Gray and Carlos Rodón standing out as the two mentioned most often. Well, at least among the more realistic targets. Gausman and Marcus Stroman are obviously among the most speculated-about names, though both are swimming in deeper financial waters than the others mentioned here. With less than 10 days to go before baseball inevitably shuts down for a while, expect to see this run on pitchers continue.

I predict the Cubs will come away with at least one addition to the rotation before you’re done hating yourself for how much you ate at Thanksgiving dinner. Jed Hoyer has talked a lot about spending intelligently, but that doesn’t necessarily mean waiting out the market for a good deal. It’s pretty intelligent to nab a guy you really like rather than sitting back until all names have come off your board. This is where being “nimble” is most important.

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