September 23, 2021

Phillies Reach Agreement With Zack Wheeler (MLB Trade Rumors)

The Phillies have reached an agreement to sign free-agent right-hander Zack Wheeler, Marc Carig of The Athletic reports (via Twitter). The Jet Sports Management client will take home more than $100MM, per USA Today’s Bob Nightengale (Twitter link). ESPN’s Jeff Passan tweets that it’s a five-year pact.

Wheeler, 29, has been arguably the most in-demand pitcher on the free agent market early in the offseason. While he’s regarded as the third-best arm on the market behind Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg, that duo’s sky-high earning power priced a number of pitching-needy teams out of the market from the outset. Wheeler, however, has been viewed as a more affordable pitcher with high-end stuff — one whom many believe can still take another step forward in the years to come.

Of course, that’s not to say that the current iteration of Wheeler isn’t a quality arm; he very much is. Over his past 55 Major League starts, the right-hander has worked to a 3.47 ERA (3.27 FIP) with 9.0 K/9,…

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