With the New York Mets boasting a 34-36 record, it’s clear the 2019 season isn’t going according to plan. If they continue to struggle, selling off some of their commodities might be a smart move to add value for the future. The New York Yankees could prove to be a solid trade partner.
With the Bombers looking to add a starting pitcher to the ranks, Mets’ Zack Wheeler could fit the fill. Sitting at 5-4 on the season with a 4.87 ERA, Wheeler is a solid option that can add depth to the starting rotation for the Yankees, and he likely wouldn’ tcost a fortune.
Jon Heyman of MLB Network has stated that there are several teams interested in Wheeler, the Yankees being one of them. Being in the final season of team control, Zach’s trade value is high. He’s earning a reasonable $5.975MM this season.
What would Zach Wheeler bring to the New York Yankees?
The Yanks generally like pitchers with a strong arm, something Wheeler has, featuring a 97 MPH fastball and a sinker that hits 96 frequently. He fits the bill perfectly for general manager Brian Cashman and being an above-average starter at the major league level will help a Yankees rotation that is suffering through the injury bug.
They currently have Domingo German and Luis Severino on the injured list but have several starters playing through injuries as well. James Paxton and CC Sabathia both have inflammation issues. Not to mention Masahiro Tanaka’s inconsistency.
The Yankees have been relying on reserve options like Nestor Cortes and opener Chad Green. Bringing in a proven option to supplement the injuries and deficiencies might be exactly what the need. They currently have a slew of players they can utilize as trade bait – Clint Frazier, Gio Urshela, Cameron Maybin, Brett Gardner, and minor league prospects.