Daily Duce: Zack Wheeler signed a big deal with Philly. What now? (Ryu? Keuchel? Pineda? Lindblom?)


I was in the midst of doing a post about the whole butt-load of pitchers the Blue Jays have been linked to in the past couple of days, but got distracted by this whole Josh Donaldson ‘They Don’t Want Me Man’ thing. While spewing incoherent nonsense about the ugly Donaldson/Blue Jays breakup, Zack Wheeler signed a five-year deal with the Philadelphia Phillies. So let’s get back to stuff that actually (sorta) matters!
Wheeler was one of the names the Blue Jays had been associated with heading into the off-season. He was a guy in the second tier of starters the Jays had apparently been aggressively pursuing after it became clear that they wouldn’t be in on the Gerrit Cole/Stephen Strasburg sweepstakes.
Yesterday, Ken Rosenthal listed the Jays as one of the teams in the mix on Wheeler, who was looking for a deal over $100 million. Today, Wheeler signed that deal.

Wheeler with #Phillies, per source: Five years, $118M
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 4, 2019

Wheeler got well over the $100 million he was seeking as the Phillies shelled out $118 million to the hard-throwing righty. And that wasn’t even the best offer Wheeler received. The White …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

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