Phillies make a splash, ink free agent Zack Wheeler to five-year deal

Phillies sign Zach Wheeler
The Philadelphia Baseball Review has confirmed the Phillies have an agreement in place with right-handed starter Zack Wheeler. Marc Carig of The Athletic first reported the signing on Wednesday afternoon.

It's a five-year deal worth just under $120 million, per sources.

Wheeler, 29, spent five seasons with the New York Mets and finished 11-8 with a 3.96 ERA in 31 starts last season. He was a first-round draft pick in 2009.

Wheeler missed the 2015 and 2016 seasons after dealing with arm injuries, including Tommy John surgery to repair a torn UCL.

The addition of Wheeler broke just hours after learning the Atlanta Braves inked former Philadelphia ace Cole Hamels to a one-year deal worth $18 million.

Wheeler has a 3.77 career ERA over 126 career starts.
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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