Mar 9, 2015; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) throws in the spring training baseball game against the Miami Marlins at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

Zack Wheeler, setup man

Matt Harvey. Noah Syndergaard. Jacob deGrom. Matz. Robert Gsellman. Seth Lugo. Now that’s a rotation.

So, what does Alderson do with the once top prospect Zack Wheeler?

For one year, or possibly longer, Wheeler could be a key setup man for the Metropolitans. It’s been a long absence from the big leagues for Wheeler, who had Tommy John surgery in March of 2015, with multiple setbacks plaguing his nonexistent return in 2016.

A move to the bullpen for the foreseeable future would allow him to acclimate himself to the grinds of an 162-game season again. A Wheeler and Robertson combination to close out games would also be a real threat to contend against.

Hansel Robles, Sean Gilmartin, Rafael Montero, Gsellman or Lugo could also excel by pitching in the middle innings.

Whatever is decided about Wheeler’s position in the organization, his health should be taken into consideration above all else. It would be an absolute shame to see his potential wasted.