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
Wheeler is 29 and has put up solid numbers throughout his career, but he had a 3.96 ERA last season with the New York Mets and has a career ERA of 3.77. Those aren’t exactly ace numbers, but starting pitchers are in high demand this offseason, and Wheeler was able to take advantage of that.
The Phillies badly needed starting pitching after a disappointing 2019 season, so Wheeler should give them a nice boost in that department. It would not be a surprise if they added another big piece to their rotation before the winter is over.
Wheeler, who went 11-8 with 195 strikeouts in 31 starts last season, was also being heavily pursued by the Chicago White Sox. They were believed to be the highest bidder as of less than two weeks ago, but Wheeler ultimately settled on Philly.