The Phillies have signed right-handed starting pitcher Zack Wheeler, according to The Athletic's Marc Carig. RADIO.COM MLB Insider Bob Nightengale is among those to report that the deal will be for five years and $118 million.
Wheeler, 29, was 11-8 with a 3.96 ERA with 195 strikeouts and 50 walks last season with the Mets. For his career, Wheeler has a 3.77 ERA. Over the last two seasons Wheeler has made 60 starts pitching over 377 innings.
Wheeler will give the Phillies' starting rotation a much needed boost. Philadelphia was 17th in team ERA (4.53), 23rd in opponents slugging percentage (4.53), and 26th in home runs allowed (258) last season.
Earlier on Wednesday, Cole Hamels reportedly signed a one-year deal worth $18 million with the Atlanta Braves.