Zack Wheeler Agrees To Five-Year, $118M Deal With Phillies

Zack Wheeler signs with Phillies

Zack Wheeler signs with Phillies

Right-hander Zack Wheeler and the Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to a $118 million, five-year contract, two people familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

He has made 60 starts over the past two seasons, going 23-15 with a 3.65 ERA with 374 strikeouts in 377 2/3 innings.

The Nationals, meantime, nearly certainly have multiple major moves in their near future, whether it's re-signing one or both of their own free agent stars, right-hander Stephen Strasburg and third baseman Anthony Rendon, or shifting into the markets for some of the additional top-tier free agents on the market, such as right-hander Gerrit Cole and/or third baseman Josh Donaldson.

Now that a couple solid starting pitchers are off the free agent market, attention is turning to those with better track records.

After missing out on Cole Hamels, who signed with the Braves for one-year and $18 million, and even bigger blow happened just a few hours later with perhaps their biggest target to date.

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Wheeler rejected his one-year, $17.8 million qualifying offer from the Mets in November, and the club will now receive third-round draft-pick compensation. Wheeler missed the 2015 and 2016 seasons following Tommy John surgery.

Since entering the majors with the Mets in 2013, Wheeler is 44-38 with a 3.77 ERA and 72 strikeouts.

At this point, the Twins and White Sox are among the "heaviest" suitors for the longtime Giants lefty, tweets Andy Martino of SNY, who adds that the Yankees are involved "to some degree".

No official number has been reported yet, but Wheeler will be getting more than $100 million from the Phillies.

Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports the Rangers are pulling out of the Wheeler sweepstakes.

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