Zack Wheeler Agrees To 5-Year, $118M Deal With Phillies

Mets Lose Free Agent Pitcher To NL East Rivals

Ryan Chatelain
December 04, 2019 - 2:44 pm
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Zack Wheeler is no longer a Met, but he'll still see his plenty of his old team.

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The free agent pitcher has reached a deal to sign with the Philadelphia Phillies, The Athletic's Marc Carig first reported Wednesday. The five-year contract is worth $118 million, WFAN baseball insider Jon Heyman reported

The Reds, White Sox and Rangers were among the other teams that were reportedly interested in Wheeler, who went 11-8 last season with a 3.96 ERA.

Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) walks off the field during the sixth inning against the Dodgers on Sept. 5, 2018, at Dodger Stadium.
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The Yankees had been staying in touch with Wheeler's agent but were more focused on top-tier free agent pitchers Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg, ESPN's Buster Olney reported. 

There was no indication the Mets were seriously trying to re-sign Wheeler. Because he declined an $18 million qualifying offer, the Mets will receive draft-pick compensation for him.

The signing ends Wheeler's roller-coaster tenure with the Mets, who acquired him in the July 2011 trade that sent Carlos Beltran to the Giants.

A former sixth overall pick by San Francisco, Wheeler was the Mets' top prospect before making a promising debut in 2013, going 7-5 with a 3.42 ERA in 17 starts. He was expected to form a lethal rotation for years to come with Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard.

Harvey eventually fizzled out, and Wheeler missed the 2015 and 2016 seasons after undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery. He struggled during his first season back, but has gone 23-15 with a 3.65 ERA the past two seasons, in which he made 60 starts.

Now he'll pitch for the Mets' division rival.

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