New York Yankees should pursue Zack Wheeler to help pitching rotation

New York Yankees, New York Mets, Zack Wheeler

While the New York Yankees continue to win at an unfathomable rate, they were recently defeated by the lowly Mets on the back of starting pitcher, Zack Wheeler.

The right-handed pitcher finished with two earned runs, a very good allowance over 6.1 innings, striking out eight batters in that span. The Mets went on to win the game 4-2 in a performance that has been rare against quality teams.

The Yankees and their run production are hard to stop, and most teams have failed to do so, but Wheeler stepping up and putting together this type of performance might lead to the Yankees’ interest.

SNY’s John Harper explains which Yankees prospects could be in play for Wheeler:

“For starters they’re almost certainly not getting Clint Frazier, even if they are willing make a trade with the Yankees, as SNY’s Andy Martino has been reporting. Yankees GM Brian Cashman might trade Frazier at some point, but he’s not giving away long-term control of what he considers a premium talent for two or three months of Wheeler.”

Frazier, who’s under contract for the next few years and is controlled, will not be on the table for a Wheeler trade given his minimal control. The Yankees would only be willing to give away so much unless the Mets extended the starter and then traded him with the guarantee of control.

I imagine a few mid-level prospects would get the job done.

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What would the New York Yankees be getting out of Zack Wheeler?

Currently boasting a 4.42 ERA, Wheeler has struggled at times, allowing 15 homers this season already. Despite his deficiencies, he’s a hard-throwing pitcher, something the Yankees value in pitchers. Additionally, players that put on the Pinstripes seem to elevate their game, something that I believe should be factored into the decision if they decide to try and trade for him.

The support needed on the starting pitching rotation is becoming a problem, as ace, Luis Severino continues to push his timetable for return back and could very well miss the entire season. Bringing in a capable player to help supplement his absence seems to be a good idea. The Bombers have until July 31st to strike a deal.

New York Yankees: 3 pitchers that could provide immediate value

Are the New York Yankees interested in trading for Blue Jays pitcher, Marcus Stroman?

With Nationals star Max Scherzer essentially off the board for a potential trade with the New York Yankees, it leaves us seeking quality elsewhere.

There’s plenty of pitchers that will be available on the trading block in the next few weeks, it ultimately comes down to what the Yankees are willing to give up in a deal and if they can manage to secure a pitcher with a proven health record that won’t be a potential problem.

Here are three pitchers the New York Yankees could pursue:

1.) Mets – Zack Wheeler

The Mets are in a position where trading players for youth value might be a good idea. The current season hasn’t panned out as expected and adding building blocks for the future is ideal. That’s where Zack Wheeler comes into play – the question is, are the Mets willing to deal with their cross-town rival?

If it includes Clint Frazier, they shouldn’t even hesitate to pull the trigger on a potential deal. Sitting at 5-4 on the year and 4.87 ERA, Wheeler is a solid option for the Yankees, especially when you consider his 97 MPH fastball. He’s one of the hardest throwing pitchers in the league and represents a ton of value if the Bombers can secure him.

2.) Giants – Madison Bumgarner

Despite a 3-6 record, Bumgarner is one of the better pitching option available via trade for the Bombers. He featured a 3.87 ERA and 90 strikeouts over 93 innings pitched. He’s an elite talent that can help the Yankees immediately, however, it would likely cost them a pretty penny.

Factor in Frazier and a few minor league prospects and it’s possible the Yankees could convince the Giants to pull the trigger. Sitting in last place at 30-39 are the Giants, who are desperately in need of run support. Adding a quality hitter in Frazier that’s only improving would be exactly what they need to begin building for the future.

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3.) Blue Jays – Marcus Stroman

With Stroman coming off his worst season in the MLB – 4.54 ERA over 102 1/3 innings pitched, he’s a solid target for GM Brian Cashman. Add in shoulder fatigue and a blister issue on his right middle finger, he would be a great value pickup for the Yankees if they’re not looking to spend major bucks.

Sitting at 4-8 on the season, Stroman is putting up much better numbers than his record indicates. He has an ERA of 3.18 but isn’t known to be a strikeout pitcher. He’s having a much better campaign this year, but the concerns mentioned before still bring down his value. He would cost much less than Bumgarner, but likely similar to Wheeler.

 

New York Mets 40-Man Roster Overview: Zack Wheeler

New York Yankees, New York Mets, Zack Wheeler

The former top prospect of the New York Mets, Zack Wheeler, is back in the big leagues. He was the only piece missing out of the Mets dream rotation of their coveted pitching prospects.

The San Francisco Giants drafted Wheeler in the 1st round of the 2009 MLB Draft. The Giants traded Wheeler to the Mets for Carlos Beltran after spending a year and a half in the Giants minor league system. After another strong year and a half he earned a call-up to the big leagues.

He looked like the real deal in his rookie season going 7-5 with a 3.42 ERA in 100 innings pitched. 2014 was Wheeler’s first full year in the big leagues and he settled in during his sophomore season. He made 32 starts, pitched 185.1 innings and struck out 187 hitters (10th in the NL).

Injuries Catching Up to Wheeler

Unfortunately, during Spring Training in 2015 Wheeler found out he needed to undergo Tommy John Surgery. Wheeler missed the entire 2015 season and effectively lost the rotation spot he once had locked up. The Mets almost dealt him to the Milwaukee Brewers for Carlos Gomez at the 2015 trade deadline. Luckily for the Mets, the deal never went through.

Wheeler missed all of the 2016 season as well because of the surgery and other injuries. He was not able to get fully healthy and the Mets decided to shut him down for the entire year and continue to rehab in 2017.

In 2017, he finally returned to action but was plagued by injuries and the inability to go deep into games. After starting the year strong, he faltered to add to what was a very disappointing 2017 season. He only pitched 86.1 innings and put up a career high 5.21 ERA. Wheeler also walked 40 batters in those 86.1 innings.

Surprising Spring Training Outcome

He had high hopes going into this years Spring Training but was inconsistent throughout. Even with Jason Vargas getting injured many assumed he would take the place of Vargas to create the Mets dream rotation but Seth Lugo out pitched him and earned the spot. Luckily, he has returned to the big leagues and delivered a great start in his first outing back.

Wheeler does add to the very deep pitching staff the Mets have and when he is healthy he is a very dominant pitcher. In his age-28 season the time is running out for Wheeler and with younger and cheaper options in the Mets organization his time with the Mets could be limited. He rounds out the Mets dream rotation and hopefully he can find consistent success.