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Mets aren’t actively shopping Zack Wheeler, but would entertain moving him

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In relatively short order, the Mets could be realizing their long awaited dream of having Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, and Zack Wheeler pitching in their starting rotation with no limits.

Assuming nobody else gets hurt – and that of course can never be ruled out with pitchers – that day could come sometime in June or July when Wheeler completes his rehab from Tommy John Surgery.

It’s also possible that day might never come, and that has nothing to do with anyone getting injured.

Since the trade deadline in 2015, it’s been abundantly clear the Mets are more than willing to move Wheeler under the right circumstances. And at the deadline, the club felt the circumstance was right to move Wheeler in a package that included Wilmer Flores to the Brewers in exchange for former Met Carlos Gomez.

But that deal fell through, perhaps fortuitously for Wheeler, Flores and the Mets, as they were able to acquire Yoenis Cespedes instead without dealing any big league talent.

But assistant GM John Ricco said last week at the GM Meetings the club is still not including Wheeler in it’s list of untouchable players for a trade this winter.

Why all of a sudden are they willing to move a player who was a part of their long-term blueprint? Because he’ could be viewed equivalently to a prospect again in their organization. (more…)

Reds now unlikely to trade Jay Bruce

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The Mets only have a few hours to find the bat they’re seeking before the non-waiver trade deadline comes at 4 PM on Friday.

Anthony DiComo of said last week the Mets were scouting Reds OF Jay Bruce, “heavily,” and the Mets were trying to trade Zack Wheeler to the Reds in exchange for Bruce, reported the Daily News.

However, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports said those discussions went nowhere.

But now that the deadline is approaching and Bruce is still in Cincinnati, the Reds appear willing to make a Wheeler-for-Bruce deal now, reports Buster Olney of ESPN, with the Mets apparently pushing hard to land the outfielder, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

Rosenthal said on Friday the Mets were working late on Thursday to get a deal done, and it’s expected to happen ahead of the deadline.

Rosenthal says Wheeler would likely be traded to the Reds for Bruce, possibly along with another piece.

However, it is not yet clear what other players or monies might be involved in a potential deal, from either side.

The two sides are still negotiating, Andy Martino of the Daily News says, and the issue could be whether Wheeler is enough for a deal.

Still, the negotiations are pretty far along, reports Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, to the point each club is doing their due dilligencr by reviewing medicals for the players involved in the deal.

The Reds have benn mulling Wheeler’s medical records, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. He underwent Tommy John Surgery in late March and only began his throwing program this week in Port St. Lucie. And it’s possible the Reds are having second thoughts about the package the Mets want to send them for Bruce, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.

Meanwhile, Bob Nightengale of USA Today says the Mets have two concerns with Bruce: his inconsistency and his salary.

So, the Mets are preparing a contingency to Bruce in case they can’t acquire him, as he is not their only option at the moment, tweets David Lennon of Newsday, and that search is exclusive to outfielders, reports Marc Carig of Newsday.

The Mets are looking at 5-10 outfielders, including Bruce, and perhaps Yoenis Cespedes as well, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post. Those outfielders could include Bruce, Yoenis Cespedes, Justin Upton, Rajai Davis, and Will Venablereports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

And considering the Mets have cast a wide net, Andy Martino of the Daily News says the Mets could acquire two bats ahead of Friday’s 4 PM ET trade deadline, with Bruce being their most, “serious target” on Friday.

However, a rival executive told Rosenthal it’s possible the Reds don’t want to deal Bruce right now, and C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer now says it’s unlikely the Reds trade Bruce.

Bruce is owed about $5 million in 2015 and $12.5 million in 2016. The Reds hold a $13 million option with a $1 million buyout for 2017.

Original Post, July 30 8:01 pm, updated July 31, 8:05 am, 10:25 am, 11:17 am, 12:23 pm, 12:45 pm, 1:51 pm

Are the Mets shopping Zack Wheeler?


On Thursday, Sandy Alderson said he was not considering trading any of the young starting pitching in their starting rotation currently.

That would presumably include Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz, and Noah Syndergaard.

Zack Wheeler is not among the current pitchers in the rotation – he is recovering from Tommy John Surgery and is expected to return in about 12 months.

And, both Andy Martino and Kristie Ackert of the Daily News say the Mets have been talking about Wheeler in trade discussions ahead of the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

While the Mets are unlikely to move him right now, it does show a willingness for the Mets to move one of their premier starting pitchers to acquire offense, and as Martino writes, perhaps a big piece this summer.

According to Martino, the Mets have discussed Wheeler in scenarios with the Reds, although there’s no specific deal being discussed between the two clubs at this time.

The Reds will presumably be looking to move some pieces ahead of the trade deadline. One of those pieces, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is OF Jay Bruce, although there is no reported connection between the Mets and Reds for Bruce.

Bruce, 28, has been productive for the Reds despite a high strikeout rate, posting a 120 OPS+ while hitting .251 with 15 home runs and 49 RBI this season. He’s actually hit left-handed pitching better than right-handed pitching although the bulk of his home runs have come against right-handed pitching.

However, Bruce has not been close to as good on the road as he has been at the hitter-friendly Great American Ballpark, which is a concern since that’s a hitters haven, and Citi Field isn’t quite the same.

All things being equal, acquiring Bruce would’ve allowed the Mets to put Curtis Granderson and Michael Cuddyer in a platoon, which would help protect Granderson’s ineffectiveness against left-handed pitching. But of course, Cuddyer is out indefinitely with a bone bruise. So things are not equal at the moment.

Still, Bruce is a good right fielder with an outstanding arm. He would also serve as a big defensive upgrade in the outfield, which goes along with their need to prevent more runs thanks to a mostly poor all-around defense – the outfield included – currently being fielded on a daily basis.

Is Bruce worth dealing someone like Wheeler for? The splits are a concern, but he is a much more complete player than any of their current options. Perhaps the Reds would kick in some money in this theoretical deal, but that remains to be seen as well.

Bruce is owed about $5 million in 2015 and $12.5 million in 2016. The Reds hold a $13 million option with a $1 million buyout for 2017.

Mets feared Zack Wheeler’s elbow condition would be revealed in trade talks

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M BaronOver the course of the last year, the perception had been Zack Wheeler was not available in trade scenarios.

Based on what the Mets had invested in Wheeler and as much as he’d progressed through the end of 2014, that stood to considerable reason.

However, in his column for the New York Post, Joel Sherman says the Mets were really not making Wheeler available out of fear his injured elbow would be exposed if teams requested medical information on their right-hander, thus nixing the possibility of a deal going through.

After Wheeler was diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament, it was later revealed he suffered a torn tendon in his elbow last summer, before he tore the ligament.

“There was enough troubling details already about the condition of Wheeler’s elbow — the need for MRI exams, a torn tendon, the eventual use of a platelet enrichment shot — that the Mets believed any club that looked at the portfolio would rescind the trade,” Sherman explained in his column.

Sherman says the Giants expressed interest in reacquiring Wheeler over the winter, and the Cubs and Mets spoke only broadly about a trade scenario.

The Mets were probably right in their assumption interested teams would balk at Wheeler’s medicals, especially since it’s now known he was pitching in pain, often severe at times. All of this made it impossible to move Wheeler, they knew it, so they decided to keep their cards close to the vest which is totally understandable. They also prevented the information from getting out uncontrollably during the off-season, which is never a good thing from a public relations perspective.

Sandy said this past week he felt surgery was inevitable for Wheeler, so that certainly provides clarity as to why no pitching was moved to fill other holes. If they had traded Noah Syndergaard and Dillon Gee, they would’ve lost Wheeler anyway, meaning they’d be down two starters right now with much less depth to compensate for the loss.

Of course, they still have gaping holes in the bullpen and an open-ended situation at shortstop, but a compelling argument can be made they’d be in much deeper trouble than they are today if they had moved pitchers to fill their holes instead.

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