The Zack Wheeler sweepstakes came to an end Wednesday and the pitcher isn’t headed to Minnesota. The righthander agreed to a five-year deal worth $118 million with the Philadelphia Phillies, according to ESPN.
Right-hander Zack Wheeler and the Philadelphia Phillies are in agreement on a five-year deal worth more than $100 million, sources tell ESPN.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 4, 2019
Wheeler was known to be on the Twins’ radar and the team made him an offer and was willing to give five years, according to Darren Wolfson of KSTP-TV and SKOR North.
The Phillies, Reds and White Sox entered Wednesday “still alive” in the bidding, according to Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic. Wheeler, 29, was 11-8 with a 3.96 ERA last season with the New York Mets in 31 games. The Twins could turn their attention to free agent lefthander Madison Bumgarner.
"He is very intriguing to a number of clubs and we know a number of clubs are looking for starting pitching."@Ken_Rosenthal breaks down the market for MadBum on #MLBNHotStove. pic.twitter.com/ZPqM5O8JlK
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) December 4, 2019