Sports Report: Blue Jays pursuing free agent pitcher Zack Wheeler
Report: Phillies viewed as top bidder for Wheeler
The market for free-agent right-hander Zack Wheeler continues to grow, and it looks like one team has emerged as the front-runner. As the bidding for Wheeler's services continues, the Philadelphia Phillies appear to be his top suitor, reports ESPN's Buster Olney. Arguably the best starting pitcher available in free agency after Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg, Wheeler is expected to land a deal of at least five years that exceeds $100 million, according to a recent report.The big-budget Phillies need starting pitching help. The rotation's 4.64 ERA ranked 17th in the majors last season and its combined 7.
The Toronto Blue Jays are among the teams pursuing free agent pitcher Zack Wheeler, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.
Rosenthal reports that the Jays, along with the Chicago White Sox, Minnesota Twins, Cincinnati Reds and the Texas Rangers, are chasing the 29-year-old, who has received at least one offer worth $100 million and is expected to land a five-year deal topping that sum.
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Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi and Ben Nicholson-Smith have previously reported that the Blue Jays have some, and the club is looking to add two starters to its rotation.
Wheeler was offered and declined a qualifying offer from the New York Mets, meaning any other team that signs him must surrender a draft pick. The placement of that pick varies by team, but for the Blue Jays it would be their second-highest, approximately 45th overall.
The Blue Jays are mindful of that cost, but GM Ross Atkins said at last month’s GM Meetings: “It’s not something that’s going to get in the way of us acquiring talent.”
Wheeler, a five-year MLB veteran, had an 11-8 record with a 3.96 ERA with 195 strikeouts across 195.1 innings last season.
He has compiled a 44-38 record with a 3.77 ERA over the course of his career, all with the Mets.
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