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Report: Yankees Checked In On Mets' Zack Wheeler

Bronx Bombers Looking To Add To Starting Rotation

July 12, 2018 - 3:12 pm
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By WFAN.com

With the July 31st non-waiver deadline less than three weeks away, trade talks have started to pick up around Major League Baseball.

While it remains unlikely they reach an agreement on a deal, the New York Yankees and New York Mets have been doing their homework on some of its crosstown rival's young players.

The Yankees recently checked in on Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler, according to SNY's Andy Martino, as the Bronx Bombers continue to explore every avenue in an attempt to shore up its starting rotation.

Wheeler is 2-6 with a 4.42 ERA and 1.34 WHIP in 17 starts this season. The right-hander has racked up 99 strikeouts in 99.2 innings, and has held hitters to a .252 batting average.

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He struggled with injuries last year in what was his return to the mound after missing two full seasons due to Tommy John surgery, but the 28-year-old has been able to remain healthy thus far in 2018. 

Wheeler will earn $1.9 million this season and is arbitration-eligble again in 2019. Following the 2019 season, the right-hander is set to hit free agency for the first time in his career.

Despite having some level of interest in Wheeler, the Yankees remain an unlikely landing spot for the starting pitcher, reports Martino. 

Across town, the Mets had a scout in attendance for Yankees pitching prospect Justus Sheffield's start for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this past weekend, according to Nick Carfado of The Boston Globe.

Sheffield has been brilliant this season, earning a 2.44 ERA and 1.14 WHIP in 16 games (15 starts) across Double-A and Triple-A, while striking out 95 batters in 85.0 innings. 

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The 22-year-old is considered the Yankees' top pitching prospect, making it hard to believe that Yankees GM Brian Cashman would be willing to include Sheffield in a deal for Wheeler.

The young left-hander was acquired, along with Clint Frazier, in the 2016 trade that sent Andrew Miller to the Cleveland Indians.

While Sheffield would likely be included in any trade involving Jacob deGrom or Noah Syndergaard, the latest reports indicate the Mets have moved on from the idea of trading one (or both) of their two aces, instead pushing Wheeler and Steven Matz on teams looking to add starting pitching.