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Mets Trade Deadline: Predicting where the top three trade candidates land

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Zack Wheeler – New York Mets

Finally, we arrive at Zack Wheeler. Surprise. Surprise. I don’t see him getting traded this year.

Wheeler has emerged as one of the more interesting trade candidates on the 2018 Mets. He has a year of control left after this season so unlike Cabrera and Familia, there’s a big reason not to deal him anywhere.

On the other hand, the pitching market is lean and Wheeler’s extra season of control could help the Mets earn back better talent. What do they do?

Unfortunately, without their general manager in place for the foreseeable future, the front office has to make a big decision. If they seriously think they can compete next year, keeping Wheeler makes more sense. This changes if someone blows them away with an offer.

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I’m not so sure anyone will.

Wheeler’s numbers this year don’t scream “must-have” but that has a lot to do with a poor May. Ever since the bad month, Wheeler has been on fire. He’s a guy the Mets can build with moving forward. In a worst-case scenario, he fails and that’s the end of it.

I’m all for shopping Wheeler this year. Even if it means dealing him to the New York Yankees, the Mets need to keep their options open.

A rotation with Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, and Zack Wheeler is a deep one. When it comes to the decision as to what they should do with Wheeler this July, it’s essential the Metropolitans look forward to next season and not just tomorrow.

Honorable Mention: Milwaukee Brewers

If Wheeler goes anywhere, I see him pitching for the Milwaukee Brewers. One of the best teams in the National League needs to upgrade their rotation. I think Wheeler would fit in nicely there and still allow the Brewers to add talent in other areas as well.

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Where do you think these three trade candidates land?