Phillies' Zack Wheeler Rips Mets In Interview About Free Agency

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It's been a disastrous offseason for the New York Mets, to say the least.

Steve Cohen's purchase of the team looks to be dead. New manager Carlos Beltran was fired after reportedly being connected to the Astros' sign-stealing scandal in 2017. And now, former Mets Zack Wheeler added another blow to the organization. Reminder: it's only Feb. 13.

New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the Miami Marlins on Sep 26, 2019 at Citi Field.Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

In an interview with Greg Joyce of the New York Post, Wheeler described how he circled back with the Mets before signing his free-agent deal with the Philadelphia Phillies.

“It was basically just crickets when I did,” Wheeler said.

Apparently, he wasn't surprised, though. 

“Because it’s them,” he said. “It’s how they roll.”

He went on: “Obviously everything starts at the top and it filters down,” Wheeler said. “Whether it be somebody’s fault or not, it starts at the top and goes down. Maybe the top gives them the OK but lower down they don’t want to do something. Or maybe up top, they don’t give you the opportunity to do something but everybody else wants to do it. That’s kind of how it was there at certain points. Everything was kind of jumpy because certain people would want something, others wouldn’t. I don’t think everyone was on the same page.”

Wheeler ended up taking a five-year, $118 million contract with the Phillies. After that deal, the Mets signed starters Rick Porcello and Michael Wacha for a combined $13 million.

In his final two seasons with the Mets, he posted a 3.65 ERA with 374 strikeouts and 105 walks over 60 starts. He made his major-league debut with the team back in 2013.