Report: Zack Wheeler Agrees Deal With Phillies

Wheeler had been a top target for the White Sox in free agency.

670 The Score Staff
December 04, 2019 - 1:24 pm

(670 The Score) The White Sox's top pitching target in free agency is off the board, and he's not headed to the South Side.

Right-hander Zack Wheeler has agreed to sign with the Phillies, Marc Carig of the Athletic first reported Wednesday. Wheeler will ink a five-year deal worth $118 million, according to multiple reports. The White Sox's offer was for more than that $118 million, a source told Bruce Levine of 670 The Score. Family considerations were a big factor in Wheeler's decision, the source said.

Wheeler, 29, was 11-8 with a 3.96 ERA and 1.26 WHIP in 31 starts for the Mets this past season. He Wheeler has a 3.77 ERA in his career, the entirety of which has been spent with the Mets. Wheeler has posted back-to-back strong seasons at full health after previously being injury-plagued early in his career.

The White Sox were eyeing Wheeler, but they'll now have to shift their focus. Chicago needs to add at least one proven starting pitcher and perhaps two to its rotation for 2020, when it's looking to compete for the AL Central crown. To sign Wheeler, the White Sox would've had to extend a record contract. Their biggest signing in franchise history is the four-year, $73-million deal they gave catcher Yasmani Grandal in November.

Earlier Wednesday, left-hander Cole Hamels agreed to a one-year, $18-million deal with the Braves. Hamels had previously revealed that the White Sox expressed interest in him.