Many of the recent New York Mets trade rumors have involved pitcher Zack Wheeler. One of the latest names a possible destination: the Milwaukee Brewers.
According to Jon Morosi of MLB.com, the Milwaukee Brewers have discussed a Wheeler trade with the Mets.
When I wrote about possible trade destinations for Wheeler earlier this month, the Brewers were one of the teams I saw as a great fit for the righty. They need starting pitching help more than any other contender. Minus a true ace, Wheeler would fit in with them well.
The other teams I saw pursuing Wheeler are now off the board. The Cleveland Indians don’t seem to have an interest in adding another starting pitcher. The New York Yankees filled their void with the acquisition of J.A. Happ.
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With Cole Hamels joining the Chicago Cubs, the starting pitcher market is thinning even further. Wheeler is someone I expect a time to bite down on hard. If the latest Mets trade rumors are any indication, he could be headed to Milwaukee.
Wheeler is the only member of the Mets the Brewers have looked at. Asdrubal Cabrera has also been linked to them. The smart thing to do might be to pair them together. The return would surely be far greater. Right now, Cabrera doesn’t hold nearly the same trade value as others on the block might.
Milwaukee already began their buying spree with a trade for relief pitcher Joakim Soria. Surely not done yet, it’s time they match what the Cubs did and add a starting pitcher of their own.
It sounds more and more like a trade involving Wheeler will happen over the next few days. Unlike weeks ago when there was some thought that they would keep him and go into 2019 with a staff of four reliable arms, things have changed.
The Mets are now thinking ahead to next year knowing Yoenis Cespedes will at best miss half the year. I don’t think this changes their philosophy much with trading Jacob deGrom or Noah Syndergaard. In regards to Wheeler, it may play a factor.
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