Reds Interested In Zack Wheeler

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Add the Reds to the numerous groups keen on desired free-specialist right-hander Zack Wheeler, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports (membership required). Wheeler’s long-term group, the Mets, just as the White Sox, Twins, Angels, Padres, Yankees and Blue Jays are likewise among the clubs that have been associated with him early this offseason.

Reds leader of baseball tasks Dick Williams demonstrated a month ago the Reds would be dynamic in free organization, however desires were the group’s attention would be in all out attack mode side. All things considered, the Reds completed last season 25th in the majors in the two runs and wRC+, yet there’s as of now a lot of ability in their pivot. The group as of now brags Luis Castillo, Sonny Gray, Trevor Bauer and Anthony DeSclafani as locks for its beginning staff one year from now. All things considered, marking Wheeler would maybe give Cincinnati a first class turn on paper, and now that catcher Yasmani Grandal (an objective for the Reds who marked with the White Sox on Thursday) is off the board, an operator revealed to Rosenthal the club might be set up to divert a noteworthy segment of its accessible assets to Wheeler.

The 29- year-old Wheeler would quickly get probably the greatest marking in Reds history, with MLBTR foreseeing he’ll arrive a $100MM bargain over a half-decade this offseason. Wheeler would give the Reds one more front-of-the-pivot type, having pitched to a 3.96 ERA/3.48 FIP with 8.98 K/9 and 2.3 BB/9 over a profession high 195 1/3 innings in 2019. That yield was sufficient to persuade the Mets to hit the flamethrowing Wheeler with a $17.8MM qualifying offer, which he dismissed. Since he’s a QO beneficiary, marking Wheeler would cost the Reds their third-most noteworthy pick in 2020. That won’t frighten Cincy away, however, as Williams said a week ago the group will consider marking players who got a QO.

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