After Cole Hamels was signed by the Braves, another pitching domino has fallen.
According to Marc Carig of The Athletic, The Philadelphia Phillies have signed Zack Wheeler, formerly of the Mets. The deal looks to be five year, somewhere in the neighborhood of $100-$120 million total.
UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal reports that the deal is 5 years worth $118 million
The Phillies were a disappointment last season, finishing 81-81 on the year after signing Bryce Harper and trading for J.T. Realmuto, among other acquisitions.
With the Nationals winning the World Series, and the Braves winning the division and now adding Hamels, the pressure was on in Philly to add a top of the rotation type arm to bolster their pitching staff.
Wheeler will be entering his age 30 season and finished last year with a 3.96 ERA averaging about a strikeout per inning.
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