Mets: What to expect from Zack Wheeler in 2017
JAN 14, 6:02p ET | James Stumper Jr./FanSided via Rising Apple
Rotowire: Jan 11 / 1:46p ET
News: Wheeler (elbow) agreed to a one-year, $800,000 deal with the Mets on Wednesday, avoiding arbitration, FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman reports.
Impact: He hasn't pitched since 2014, hence the low dollar sum, and has been shut down until spring training after trying and failing to make a late-season return in 2016. It is far from a guarantee that Wheeler will be ready to go for Opening Day, and with the emergence of Robert Gsellman, the Mets can afford to continue with a cautious approach to getting him back on the mound.
StatsLLC: Jan 11 / 12:00a ET
News: Wheeler agreed to an $800,000, one-year contract with the New York Mets after missing two seasons because of a torn elbow ligament. Now 26, Wheeler was 7-5 as a rookie in 2013 and 11-11 the following year. He had Tommy John surgery on March 25, 2015.
Impact: He returned last summer and threw 17 pitches over one inning in a rain-shortened start on Aug. 6 for Class A St. Lucie, then complained of elbow discomfort and didn't pitch again. The Mets expect him to be healthy for the start of spring training next month. Wheeler, whose deal was announced Wednesday, was eligible for arbitration for the first time after making $546,250 last year.