Zack Wheeler is injured but that might not stop the Mets from trading him before the end of the month. Wheeler is drawing a fair amount of interest, according to Andy Martino and Kristie Ackert of The New York Daily News, and the Mets have internally discussed dealing Wheeler this summer.
New York has been in pursuit off offensive help and acquired Kelly Johnson and Juan Uribe from the Braves on Friday night. However, the organization could consider adding at least another bat and even though he is sidelined, Wheeler would likely be the main piece in any deal. Although the Mets are expected to remain active before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, Martino believes the Mets are unlikely to deal one of their top pitching prospects.
Before making the deal with Atlanta, the Mets could have checked in on the availability of Cincinnati's Todd Frazier and Jay Bruce. The Reds are likely to sell a handful of major league pieces and Martino adds the Reds were one of the teams known to have expressed interest in Wheeler.
Wheeler, 25, had success in his first full season with the Mets but underwent Tommy John surgery in March. In 2014, he posted a 3.54 ERA and 3.55 FIP over 185.1 innings. He has proven to be a durable option and New York views him as a top of the rotation arm after he made 32 starts last season. In his first major league season (2013), Wheeler posted a 3.42 ERA and 4.17 FIP over 100.0 innings and 17 starts.
Although some clubs might back away because he is coming off of surgery, dealing an injured pitcher is not unheard of. San Diego traded an injured Max Fried in its deal for Justin Upton last offseason.
Even though the Mets are not likely to move Wheeler, the fact that they have discussed it is notable. New York has a notable amount of starting pitching depth and could trade Wheeler for offense this winter.