There are honestly many different directions the Mets could go if the previous two options are not viable, however, I think Dallas Keuchel would be another quality option for the Mets if they need to replace Zack Wheeler.
Keuchel pitched for the Atlanta Braves in 2019 after waiting until the draft pick compensation was lifted off him. Leading up to him signing with the Braves, the Mets had some interest but ultimately decided that Jason Vargas was a better option.
Now they have an opportunity to correct their incorrect decision and sign Keuchel. He would give the Mets another lefty starter, has won a Cy Young and has playoff experience with both the Houston Astros and the Braves.
He would be a nice compliment to the other current Mets starters and proved this year that he can still be a quality starting pitcher. He may never return to the pitcher he was in 2015 when he won 20 games and owned a 2.48 ERA while also winning the American League Cy Young Award, but he doesn’t need to be that pitcher because the team has a solid front three in the rotation so he only needs to be a fourth starter and anything more than that is a bonus.
The downside is he is a Boras client so he will be looking to get paid after posting a 3.75 ERA over 112.2 innings with the Braves. He will not take a one-year deal so a longer-term contract will probably have to be worked out with the 32-year-old, but it would help extend their playoff window as most of the rotation would be together for at least two more years.
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Which of these three pitchers would you most like to see replace Wheeler if he signs elsewhere?