New York Mets General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen said he was “surprised” & “disappointed” to hear Wheeler’s comments yesterday afternoon.
“(Mets) helped him parlay 2 good half-seasons over the last 5 years into a $118 million. I’m proud of what our group was able to help him accomplish. I’m happy he was rewarded for it.” said the former CAA agent now turned General Manager.
BVW then added, “Zack is a good pitcher. That’s why we wanted to re-sign him. The contract and the market that he enjoyed was beyond what our appetite level was. I said that before. He got paid more than we were willing to give him.”