June 22, 2021

Zack Wheeler isn’t a bad backup, but he’s not enough for the Yankees (Pinstripe Alley)


It’s obvious who every Yankees fan wants the Bombers to sign: Gerrit Cole or Stephen Strasburg. Heck, Giancarlo Stanton said he would want both of the flamethrowers in pinstripes. However, the Yankees haven’t made a huge splash for a free agent arm like these two since CC Sabathia in 2009. If the trend continues, they’ll miss out on the game-changing pitchers. Instead, they might turn to Zack Wheeler, who is exceptional on the mound and would be a great signing, but the Yankees shouldn’t be satisfied with just him.

If Brian Cashman and his team were able to reel in Cole or Strasburg, they could be content with one of them. They are elite level arms who are highly regarded throughout the entire league. If they were to bring in just Wheeler, he wouldn’t be enough to help change the outlook of the starting rotation heading into 2020 like the other two would.

Wheeler has been with the Mets since his debut in 2013. He owns a career 3.77 ERA over 749.1 innings, hurling over 100 frames in four out of his five seasons. The 29-year-old right-hander is coming off one of the best performances in his six-year career. He posted a 4.7 fWAR, a 3.48 FIP, and a career-high in…

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