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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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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 26: Zack Wheeler #45 of the New York Mets delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Citi Field on May 26, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Kevin Strauss – New York Mets

I don’t really like the idea of trading Zack Wheeler at all if I’m being honest. We can look at his performance over the years in a Mets uniform and feel somewhat dejected that he hasn’t lived up to the level of hype there was when he was traded to Queens for Carlos Beltran.

I think it is natural at this point in the season to realistically look at the standings and believe the Mets need to be sellers at the trade deadline. But why?

The best the team can do is trade Wheeler to a contender and get a piece or two in return that can help for next season. However, it is clear that the team’s biggest need is in the bullpen.

If the Mets are not going to be buyers at the deadline – and let’s make it clear that they absolutely should not be – I don’t know if Wheeler is going to net the kind of return that the team needs. High-quality bullpen arms are going to stay put for a postseason run and in my opinion Wheeler is worth more than a couple of prospects at this point in his career.

There was also talk about Noah Syndergaard potentially being available, in which case the Mets should expect a top prospect back. Looking at this team going into the rest of 2019 and hopefully being on track for success in 2020, I’d be more than happy if Wheeler is still on the Mets at the start of August.

I’m predicting Brodie Van Wagenen sees the light and agrees with how I feel.

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