2. Are the Yankees really interested in Zack Wheeler?
Wheeler isn’t the Mets pitcher the Yankees really covet, but that doesn’t mean he won’t be on the move. If neither Noah Syndergaard or Jacob deGrom is made available, Cashman could do a lot worse than landing Wheeler as a consolation prize.
Wheeler has definitely raised his stock as of late. He’s got an impressive ERA of just 3.44 since June 1. He doesn’t have the type of stuff that’s going to dominate the opposition, but he can eat innings at an above average level. That could be hugely valuable in the regular season to the back of the Yankees bullpen.
What makes this move unlikely, other than the difficulty the Yankees have working with the Mets, is the fact that Wheeler isn’t the sort of arm that will help New York in the postseason. That makes the likelihood of dealing anything of consequence for him a very ugly proposition from Cashman’s perspective.
The Yankees might make a late move for Wheelers, but don’t expect him to be anywhere near the top of the team’s shopping list. Wheeler can end up in the Bronx if the Mets are willing to give him away. Otherwise, look for him to move to a team with smaller postseason aspirations just before the deadline.