The Mets and Yankees may not have closed the door on signing free-agent starting pitcher Zack Wheeler, but neither franchise is leading the pack of interested teams.
According to a report by MLB.com's Jon Morosi, the Angels, Padres, White Sox and Twins seem to be the biggest suitors for Wheeler.
After missing 2015 and 2016 due to injury, Wheeler began showing the potential the Mets thought they acquired when they traded their now manager Carlos Beltran for him in 2011. During the last two seasons, the 29-year old Wheeler proved to be durable, making 60 starts with a 3.65 ERA, averaging a strikeout per inning.
Wheeler is not at the top of the free-agent pitching class led by Stephen Strasburg and Gerrit Cole, but he’s considered to be in the tier just below them. A five-year deal worth close to $20 million annually is not out of the question for Wheeler.