The New York Mets didn’t end up trading veteran right-hander Zack Wheeler prior to the MLB trade deadline.
The veteran pitcher had been linked to numerous trade talks and would’ve been a solid rental pitcher. Wheeler’s current contract expires at the conclusion of this season.
Thus far in 2019, Wheeler is 7-6 with a 4.71 ERA and a 1.271 WHIP through 20 starts (124.1 innings pitched). He’s also struck out 137 batters and walked 34.
Additionally, the Mets didn’t deal right-hander Noah Syndergaard prior to the deadline nor closer Edwin Diaz. Syndergaard was taken off the trade market on Tuesday night, per Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
Told Noah Syndergaard was pulled off the trade market last night. He is staying with the #Mets
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) July 31, 2019
Syndergaard is 7-5 this year with a 4.1 ERA and 1.239 WHIP through 21 starts (134.0 innings pitched). He’s struck out 137 batters and has walked 37 as well.
Thor evidently had some fun on Twitter after the deadline passed with the infamous “I’m not leaving” scene from “The Wolf of Wall Street.”
“Hey everyone, players only meeting in 5 min” pic.twitter.com/88PTPXiyDA
— Noah Syndergaard (@Noahsyndergaard) July 31, 2019
As far as the moves the Mets did make, they were able to add an All-Star starting pitcher along with a prospect.
On Sunday, New York sent prospects Anthony Kay and Simeon Woods-Richardson to the Toronto Blue Jays. In return, they received right-hander Marcus Stroman.
Going forward, the starting rotation for the Mets will include Jacob deGrom, Wheeler, Steven Matz, Stroman, and Syndergaard. New York is currently on a five-game win-streak, sitting just 5.0 games back in the National League Wild Card standings.