Brodie Van Wagenen on Zack Wheeler

By now, we’ve all pretty much learned that Zack Wheeler inked a deal with the Philadelphia Phillies for $118M throughout the next five seasons and it just became official on Monday. Brodie Van Wagenen said it was “business as usual” on Monday, the first day of the 2019 Winter Meetings which is taking place at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego this year.

While BVW declined to comment on any matters regarding Steve Cohen, the New York Mets General Manager did comment on Zack Wheeler and his signing with a division rival in the Philadelphia Phillies.

“The value for what we thought the investment [was] didn’t line up,” he said. “The projections that we had for Zack both short-term and long-term didn’t quite match up to the market he was able to enjoy.”

While I tend to agree with Brodie here, it’s evident that Joe Girardi and the Philadelphia Phillies front office see something different in their newly acquired right hander.

“You’re going to have a 1 and a 1A with him and Nola,” Girardi said. “When you look at what he’s done the last few years and really throughout his career, he’s continued to get better and better. This is a power guy with four pitches where I think he’s just starting to reach his potential. There is more in the tank there. This guy can be more dominant than he’s been.”

With the Mets now currently in the hunt for a back of the rotation starter, Van Wagenen described his ideal fit for the role being a front of the line type of pitcher that could go deeper into games while having an “elite performance”.

While it’s unlikely that the Mets can pick up such an acquisition through the Free Agent Market with around $14M to work with, he does have the ability to be creative within the Trade Market. “That’s kind of what we’re looking for,” Van Wagenen said. “Whether or not we can find that in the marketplace in fifth starters, we obviously have to see how that plays out.

“We have a lot of our quote-unquote needs already filled. It’s a matter of how we can create upgrades, whether it’s in terms of depth or whether it’s in terms of higher impact . . . We always have to try to be conscious of what resources are available.”

Also read: Free Agent Reliever options: Héctor Rondón

Mets Rumors: Zack Wheeler

Right handed pitcher Zack Wheeler is expected to decline the QO from the New York Mets and explore potential offers from teams like the San Diego Padres, Chicago White Sox, and Los Angeles Angels. Teams like the Houston Astros, Tampa Bay Rays, and the Oakland Athletics were said to be interested in Wheeler during the 2019 trade deadline.

There is another team said to be in the mix and that’s the New York Mets and earlier on during the 2019 season, Wheeler made it clear that he has no intentions on giving the Mets a “hometown discount”.

After putting up a season in which he was 11-8 with a 3.96 ERA while striking out 195 batters in 195.1 innings pitched over the span of 31 starts, he’s likely to decline the offer in order to test the market and get the best deal possible.

Wheeler receives a Qualifying Offer

The New York Mets have decided to extend the $17.8MM qualifying offer to right handed starting pitcher Zack Wheeler.

Zack Wheeler has 10 days to decide to accept or decline the offer. After putting up a season in which he was 11-8 with a 3.96 ERA while striking out 195 batters in 195.1 innings pitched over the span of 31 starts, he’s likely to decline the offer in order to test the market and get the best deal possible.

Source: Anthony DiComo

Also read: Baseball America’s Top 10 Mets Prospects

Mickey Callaway on loss against Reds

After New York Mets starter Zack Wheeler went out to the hill and pitched a spectacular 7 two-run innings, one of which being earned, manager Mickey Callaway spoke to reporters after the game and when asked how much this loss hurts, the manager replied “It hurts, we had multiple chances, I think the way we lost hurts…”

The Mets second year manager also added, “a couple of mistakes in the field and then we had plenty of chances at the plate, we just didn’t come through, I think we struck out on almost every chance we had with runners in scoring position.”

Callaway also said “We needed a sac fly here, just touch the ball there, and we just didn’t get it done.”

With a lot of speculation surrounding Mickey Callaway and his job status for the 2020 season, a strong eight game run may help his cause however we already may have hit that point of no return.

Wheeler deals it to the Reds; comes up short

After falling behind early in the bottom half of the first inning in which Zack Wheeler gave up two runs, the Mets right hander didn’t give up anymore runs in the remainder of his outing. Wheeler even helped his own cause as he drove in a run on a force out.

A day after Jacob deGrom pitched another lights out performance, Zack Wheeler tossed seven innings while giving up two runs, one of them earned on seven hits and two walks while striking out six. This start should surely help Wheeler’s case come the off-season if he should opt to hit free agency.

After losing to the Reds 3-2, Wheeler remains 11-8, however now with an ERA of 3.99 through 30 starts on the 2019 campaign.

The Mets are now four games out of the second Wild Card spot with eight games to play.