While speaking to reporters about the Mets’ trade of Asdrubal Cabrera to the Phillies for pitching prospect Franklyn Kilormé, co-general manager John Ricco said the team has gotten “a lot of hits” on Zack Wheeler. That’s not a major revelation, as Wheeler’s name has come up several times already over the past couple of weeks.
All indications over that same span of time have been that the Mets intend to hold on to their top two starting pitchers: Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard. And while Wheeler’s stats on the season aren’t all that impressive—4.33 ERA, 3.69 FIP, 114.1 innings pitched—he’s pitched much more effectively recently.
Going back to May 9, the start after he got shelled by the Rockies, Wheeler has a 3.86 ERA over the course of 14 starts totaling 86.1 innings. But he’s been even better recently, as he has a 3.35 ERA over his most recent seven starts, which have totaled 45.2 innings.
Wheeler is under team control through 2019, and even though it feels like he’s been around forever—dating back to the trade that brought him to the Mets and sent Carlos Beltran to the Giants—he’s still just 28 years old. And he presents the Mets with an interesting dilemma: Either he’s turned a corner and is a pitcher the Mets should keep, or he’s at his absolute peak value right now and should be dealt for a prospect haul.
Assuming the Mets would get a very good-to-great return, would you trade Zack Wheeler?
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