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Sport Report: Reds interested in SP Zack Wheeler

22:55  22 november  2019
22:55  22 november  2019 Source:

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The Cincinnati Reds are planning to be aggressive this offseason in a search to improve the team. Not only are they reportedly “heavily involved” on free-agent outfielder Marcell Ozuna, but Cincinnati is also pursuing free-agent pitcher Zack Wheeler.

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According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, the Reds are among the teams interested in signing Wheeler to strengthen their rotation.

The 27-year-old posted a 3.96 ERA and 1.26 WHIP across 195.1 innings during the 2019 season for the New York Mets. Wheeler also recorded a 3.48 FIP and 17.5 percent K-BB rate on the year, indicators to clubs that his potential could be even higher.

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An opportunity to work with Cincinnati’s pitching coach Derek Johnson could be ideal for Wheeler. Johnson helped turn Sonny Gray into an NL Cy Young contender following a disastrous tenure with the New York Yankees, further demonstrating Johnson’s reputation as an excellent coach.

According to the report, other clubs expect the Reds to be aggressive during the winter with a rival general manager saying “he’d be shocked” if Cincinnati didn’t spend a lot of money.

Of course, Cincinnati will face plenty of competition for Wheeler. The Chicago White Sox are reportedly making him a priority, and he is also attracting interest from the Yankees.

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