As the search for a power bat continues for a playoff run, the New York Mets have discussed the possibility of trading RHP Zack Wheeler with more than one team, according to a report from Andy Martino of the New York Daily News.
— Andy Martino (@MartinoNYDN) July 25, 2015
As it stands right now, it is unlikely that the club will move the 25 year-old righty, who is currently on the 60-day DL after having undergone Tommy John surgery just days prior to the start of the 2015 regular season. One of the teams who the Mets have talked with is the Cincinnati Reds who do not appear to be in active discussion.
On Thursday, GM Sandy Alderson spoke with the media when he said that he would not trade any of the young pitchers in his current rotation. This group does not happen to include Wheeler who is not likely to be with the club at this time next year.
At this point, a trade involving Wheeler is still possible but not so likely, especially including the fact that the Mets acquired veteran INF’s Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson, simmering down the hunt for a middle of the order power bat. As a return, the club sent minor league RHP’s John Gant and Rob Whalen to Atlanta.
Wheeler pitched 185 1/3 innings in his first full season for the Mets in 2014, providing a strong upside for a new team should he be moved for next season. If Wheeler was still healthy, he would likely be pitching out of the bullpen after the club went and re-signed veteran Bartolo Colon and called up Noah Syndergaard from Triple-A Las Vegas to take the last spot in the starting rotation.
The Mets could still acquire another bat before the trade deadline hits, after having looked at guys like Ben Zobrist and Josh Reddick over the course of the past week, but may not be as imminent after yesterday’s deal.