Jon Morosi of Fox Sports report that the New York Mets and the Milwaukee Brewers have discussed a deal involving right-handed starter Zack Wheeler.
The Brewers recently lost starter Brent Suter to a torn UCL that will keep him out for the remainder of the 2018 season.
Wheeler has recently shown a spike in velocity that has coincided with better results, a 3.50 ERA over his last 10 starts.
Original Report – July 26, 11:46 a.m.
According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, the Mets expect to make at least two trades by the non-waiver trade deadline. Puma notes the two most likely candidates to be moved are infielder Asdrubal Cabrera and right-handed starter Zack Wheeler.
Puma added that deals aren’t imminent, but teams are still showing interest in Wilmer Flores, Devin Mesoraco, and Jose Bautista. With Yoenis Cespedes undergoing season ending surgery, Puma expects the Mets to hold onto Bautista.
Andy Martino of SNY reported yesterday, that up to 12 teams have shown interest in the 28-year-old Wheeler. Some teams that are interested include the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Seattle Mariners, and Texas Rangers.
Wheeler is 4-6 with a 4.33 ERA, 3.68 FIP and 109 strikeouts compared to 41 walks in 114.1 innings this year.
As far as Cabrera, Martino notes that talks have progressed far enough that a deal could happen at any point, though a huge return is not expected. Some teams to watch include the Philadelphia Phillies, Milwaukee Brewers, Boston Red Sox, and Pittsburgh Pirates.
The 32-year-old Cabrera is hitting .273/.324/.473 with 21 doubles, 17 homers and 54 RBI this season.
Cabrera is a free agent after this season while Wheeler will be after the 2019 season.