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New York Mets: Zack Wheeler trade destination predictions

ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 12: Zack Wheeler #45 of the New York Mets delivers in the first inning of an MLB game against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park on April 12, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 12: Zack Wheeler #45 of the New York Mets delivers in the first inning of an MLB game against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park on April 12, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)
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ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 07: A Tampa Bay Rays glove and cap before the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 07, 2016 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Nicholas Bradshaw – Tampa Bay Rays

Get ready, to see Zack Wheeler in the American League East. He won’t join the free-spending teams in the Northeast. Instead, I’m predicting he’s one of the newest members of the Tampa Bay Rays.

I don’t see the Mets trading any players to the New York Yankees, but I could see Brodie Van Wagenen trading Wheeler to a different AL East team. The Rays are looking to buy at the deadline, according to VP of baseball operations Chaim Bloom. They’re clinging onto the first Wild Card spot and are most likely looking for reinforcements in all aspects of their roster.

Starting pitching trade targets are at a premium and Wheeler could fit in nicely with their rotation, plus the Mets could get a decent return. In terms of the return for the Mets, they could package a deal around Tampa Bay’s top ten prospect, and top catching prospect, Ronaldo Hernandez.

The Mets have had young catching talent they thought would become a star and have had no luck (ie. Travis d’Arnaud). However, Hernandez has scouts convinced that he is the real deal. He projects well on both sides of the ball and could be in the big leagues within the next two years which would work well with Wilson Ramos’ contract expiring.

Tampa Bay’s rotation features last year’s American League Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell and veteran Charlie Morton. The latter is putting together the best year of his career.

Wheeler could slide into the three-spot of that rotation and the Rays would have a formidable playoff starting rotation heading into October.

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