One of the biggest names in free agency is officially off the market. Zack Wheeler just signed a long-term contract that will keep him in the NL East, but he won’t remain with the New York Mets.
Wheeler has battled through a few injuries over the course of his career. However, the 29-year-old starter has appeared in 60 games over the past two seasons.
This past season Wheeler owned a 3.96 ERA and 11-8 record. Several teams were in the sweepstakes for him in free agency, and it’s pretty apparent that one front office was willing to break the bank fro him.
ESPN insider Jeff Passan is reporting that Wheeler has agreed to a five-year deal worth over $100 million with the Philadelphia Phillies.
It’s a lucrative deal for Wheeler, who also drew interest from the Texas Rangers and Chicago WhiteSox.
Wheeler now joins Aaron Nola and Jake Arrieta in the City of Brotherly Love.
Right-hander Zack Wheeler and the Philadelphia Phillies are in agreement on a five-year deal worth more than $100 million, sources tell ESPN.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 4, 2019
The Phillies aren’t shy when it comes to making a splash in free agency. Last season, the team reached a deal with All-Star outfielder Bryce Harper.
Philadelphia is building an impressive roster for Joe Girardi. He’ll have to make sure the team lives up expectations in 2020.
Now that Wheeler is off the board, the focus shifts over to Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg. Both aces are considered the top players on the market.