Brodie Van Wagenen Shades Zack Wheeler After Mets Comments

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Zack Wheeler signed a five-year, $118 million contract with the Phillies this offseason.

He had been a Met for the entirety of his big league career, but made the move to Philadelphia after New York only extended him a one-year qualifying offer as he headed into free agency. Wheeler spoke about his departure from the Mets this week, which resulted in a response from their GM, Brodie Van Wagenen.

Via Greg Joyce at the New York Post:

Before signing in Philadelphia, though, Wheeler circled back with the Mets.

“It was basically just crickets when I did,” Wheeler told The Post Thursday.

But Wheeler wasn’t surprised.

“Because it’s them,” he said. “It’s how they roll.”

Wheeler wanted to make it clear he was not sour about how it all played out. He enjoyed his time as a Met, he said, and was thankful for the opportunities the organization gave him. But the only thing they offered him after last season was a $17.8 million qualifying offer.

Wheeler went on to say that he felt like the Mets front office was not “on the same page.”

All of that was regarded as irksome by Van Wagenen, who responded with this:

Pretty shady stuff right there!

And look, Van Wagenen might not be wrong in suggesting that Wheeler isn’t worth $118 million. That was a question Phillies fans also asked when the signing was made, but free agent arms are always going to get the benefit of the overpay, so it is what it is. The crux of Wheeler’s complaint is that he heard those “crickets” from his longtime team before signing with the Phils instead, and Van Wagenen’s comments carry a somewhat unprofessional vibe, since he’s a front office member and not some random player, media member, or Twitter troll.

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  • Kiko Garcia February 14, 2020 at 1:44 pm

    Zach Wheeler will be on the disabled list for the rest of the season starting in May.

    • Spagett February 14, 2020 at 2:22 pm

      Had the pleasure of meeting Kiko Garcia in the ‘80s when the Phillies had a “Baseball Bunch” event at the Vet. He was great to us kids, taught us a few things about playing infield. I always highly regarded him as a poor man’s Rick Schu or Len Matuszak.

  • Jerry Garcia February 14, 2020 at 2:04 pm

    Sounds about right man! Like Tommy John sounds like the deal.

  • KEVlN VAN KlNKHEAD February 17, 2020 at 7:19 am

    The whole Big Daddy Graham illness was a complete money-grabbing scam. And you all fell for it.

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